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Cornice from Top of Fireplace

Decorative Arts

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
In 1882 John Sloane, a partner in the New York furniture retailer W. & J. Sloane, paid Herter Brothers $16,075 for the decoration of his Fifth Avenue mansion. The library’s woodwork and furniture, and much of its contents—paintings and objects—are preserved in the Museum. This mantel is rendered in the Jacobean Revival style, inspired by the arts of sixteenth-century England. Herter Brothers not only made the woodwork and furniture, but also supplied other decorative elements, including the elaborate curtains, objects, and imported French fireplace accoutrements such as the brass sconces, clock garniture, and fire screen.
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Mahogany, marble
DATES ca. 1881
DIMENSIONS 14 3/4 x 100 1/4 x 7 in. (37.5 x 254.6 x 17.8 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 41.980.72a
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mahogany cornice with marble insets atop mantel (41.980.72a-e); upper edge stepped back as it descends to double row of dentil courses. Front panel carved with horizontal elongated scrolls with reeded and beaded borders. Scrolls flank inset pieces of marble within carved frame: three rectangular pieces in center and two oval ones at ends; marble is salmon-colored with brown veins. [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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