Side Chair

Herter Brothers, New York, 1865 - 1906

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


c. 1881-1882

Oak, brass; embossed and gilded leather

35 x 19 1/8 x 21 3/4 inches (88.9 x 48.6 x 55.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Ryan Brant, 2008

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This chair is one of a set of eighteen made for the dining room of William H. Vanderbilt's mansion in New York City (now demolished). Its elaborate interior was probably the most important commission undertaken by the Herter Brothers firm. Each room had its own decorative scheme, with the dining room designed in the Renaissance Revival style of scrolling forms and symbols of abundance. Garlands of fruit and flowers are carved on the crest rail of this chair.