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Cornice from Top of Fireplace

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor

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.

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
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
CAPTION Herter Brothers (American, 1865-1905). Cornice from Top of Fireplace, ca. 1881. Mahogany, marble, 14 3/4 x 100 1/4 x 7 in. (37.5 x 254.6 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane, 41.980.72a. Creative Commons-BY
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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