American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Herter Brothers, American, 1864–1906

Side Chair

ca. 1880

Cherry with ebonized finish, ash; inlays of various light woods

33 7/16 × 17 1/8 × 16 15/16 in. (84.9 × 43.5 × 43 cm) other (Seat): 16 9/16 in.(42.1 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kugelman, B.A. 1956, B. Mus. 1959, M.D. 1960
1981.127
In addition to special commissions, the Herter Brothers provided cosmopolitan, ready-made furniture for the wealthy throughout much of the United States. This chair is an example of one of the ready-made designs the firm produced. Its coloration and rectilinear lattice work are derived from the designs of English furniture makers, such as E. W. Godwin, who looked for inspiration in Chinese furniture as well as a broad range of Asian, particularly Japanese, art.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1981,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 3 (Winter 1983): 73, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 97, ill.

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