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    Lower Portion of Chimney Breast

    In 1882 John Sloane, a partner in the New York furniture retailer W. & J. Sloane, paid the Herter Brothers $16,075 for the decoration of the parlor and library of his recently completed brownstone mansion at 997 Fifth Avenue. The library's woodwork and furniture, and many of the paintings and objects from the room are preserved in the Museum. This impressive mantel from the library is rendered in the Jacobean Revival style. Herter Brothers not only designed and carved the woodwork and furniture, but also supplied other decorative elements, including the elaborate curtains, objects and fireplace accoutrements such as the brass sconces, clock garniture, and fire screen, which where imported from France.

    This text refers to these objects: ' 41.980.72e; 41.980.72a; 41.980.72b; 41.980.72c; 41.980.72d

    • Retailer: Herter Brothers, American, 1865-1905
    • Medium: Mahogany, marble, brass
    • Place Made: New York, New York, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1881
    • Dimensions: Overall mantel (41.980.72a-e): 129 x 100 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (327.7 x 254.6 x 31.8 cm)
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 41.980.72c
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
    • Caption: Herter Brothers (American, 1865-1905). Lower Portion of Chimney Breast, ca. 1881. Mahogany, marble, brass, Overall mantel (41.980.72a-e): 129 x 100 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (327.7 x 254.6 x 31.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane, 41.980.72c. Creative Commons-BY
    • Catalogue Description: Lower portion of chimney breast from mantel (41.980.72a-e). Brass frame surrounds fireplace opening has cornice along top edge and stepped molding around sides; surrounding frame is smooth green marble with white and black veining. Marble set within elaborately carved mahogany chimney breast made from separate carved and joined sections of wood: general rectangular shape with small recesses rectangular panels running horizontally at sides and also framing fireplace. In upper corners (below mantelpiece), recessed section with small rounded shelf. Thick mantelpiece with bowed front and rounded corners; front edge carved with decorative border of double dot alternating with inverted teardrop shape. Mantelpiece supported by brackets carved with scrolled ends and acanthus leaves: two large brackets at corners and six smaller brackets. [Photograph shows mantle in its original location, the library of the house of John Sloane, 883 Fifth Avenue, New York City, decorated by Herter Brothers, 1881-82.]
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