Lower Portion of Chimney Breast

Artist:UnknownHerter Brothers

Medium: Mahogany, marble, brass

Geograhical Locations:

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:

Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890

Exhibitions:

Accession Number: 41.980.72c

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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