HERTER JAPONESQUE MARQUETRY INLAID CABINET
Herter Brothers (1865-1905) [signed]
New York c. 1880
Herter Brothers was the most sought-after furniture making design firm in late 19th Century America. Through their appreciation and incorporation of Oriental aesthetics in furnishing designs, the firm was one of the most innovative and influential in lightening the aesthetics of the period and thus, in changing the focus of the aesthetics of the period. Herter is also renowned for its exceptional skill and creativity in the design and execution of marquetry, which was often custom-designed for specific commissions.
This cabinet is distinguished both for its unusual and much sought-after Oriental-inspired form as well as for its bird, butterfly and branch inlay so prized and emblematic of the Aesthetic Age.
Ebonized cherry wood with elaborate inlaid marquetry of lighter woods as well as parcel gilding and an inset velvet top. Brass hardware. Having a central marquetry door with an inlaid frieze drawer above. The whole resting on Asian- inspired canted front legs.
Good with original hardware, marquetry, parcel gilding and finish — showing wear from age and use; silk velvet replaced. May have originally had an upper mirror.
See Howe, Katherine S., Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen and Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, et al, Herter Brothers: Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1994, p. 188 for an image of related marquetry, and pp. 223-24 (catalog numbers 22 & 34) for similar hardware.
“HERTER BROS” branded on reverse.
SIZE: 35” h x 31 ½” w x 19” d
PRICE: On request.
CALL NUMBER: 560-I-C