Panel from South Wall West of Upper Portion of Chimney Breast
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.
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)
Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
Mahogany panel flanking top half of chimney breast from mantel (41.980.72a-e); vertical rectangular panel of inset with three smaller rectangular panels with molded frames. Top inset contains fancy urn with swag running between handles surrounded by beaded border carved in relief. Central inset panel supports wall sconce. [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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