About this artwork
Founded by the German immigrant Gustave Herter in the 1850s, Herter Brothers began as a furniture manufacturing shop, but the company soon became one of America’s most notable tastemakers of the late 19th century. The firm specialized in creating the eclectic yet unified interiors popular during the Aesthetic movement. Ornamented with foliate panels, Romanesque arches, and small turned and chamfered pillars, this “modern Gothic” sideboard reinterprets the medieval past, using, for instance, the favorite Aesthetic element of the sunflower arranged in a Gothic tree-of-life motif.
- Herter Brothers
- New York City
- c. 1876–1880
- Oak with white pine
- Incised stamp at back left facing the sideboard: "HERTER BROS'S"; black crayon inscription top back of projecting bay: "Rerbison"
- 230 × 213.4 × 73.7 cm (91 1/2 × 84 × 29 in.)
- Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust