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Side Chair

A work made of ebonized cherry, various inlaid woods, and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ebonized cherry, various inlaid woods, and upholstery.




Herter Brothers
American, 1864–1906

About this artwork

Herter Brothers was one of the leading firms that designed furniture and interiors for the American upper class during the Aesthetic movement. In the late 1870s, the firm began to experiment with Japanese-influenced elements in their designs, reflecting the great fascination with that country—known as Japanism—prevalent in American culture at the time. The ebonized surfaces of this chair emulate Japanese lacquerware, while the floral ornamentation is drawn from Japanese lacquerware, paintings, prints, and textiles. However, the overall forms are Western and include elements derived from other cultures, such as the cabinet’s (1986.26) Egyptian Revival paw feet. Aesthetic-movement designers such as Herter Brothers readily combined such eclectic motifs as long as they could still achieve a sense of visual harmony.


On View, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


Herter Brothers


Side Chair


New York City (Object made in)

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c. 1877–1885


Ebonized cherry, various inlaid woods, and upholstery


95.9 × 43.6 × 42.5 cm (37 3/4 × 17 3/8 × 16 3/4 in.)

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Mrs. Alfred S. Burdick Fund

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