Herter Brothers Bookcase At Mark Vail Auction
Mark Vail’s June 6 auction has a lot for sale that I will call “entry-level” Herter Brothers. From what I see this is a 100% authentic Herter Brothers bookcase. It’s not one of Herters’ high-style pieces as the design is more straightforward and utilitarian. The three drawers are branded “Herter Bro’s” and I have compared the escutcheons with a favorable result to the reference images in the Herter book as you can see below.
There are condition issues and, again, were it not for the Herter branding you might never know it was by the famous brothers’ shop. However, if you’re a Herter Brothers fan, here would be a chance to start off your collection at what I feel will be a relatively inexpensive price. You may then choose to spruce it up with some restoration.
The Mark Vail site is here, but there isn’t much additional information on the bookcase there. In fact, there is probably less, so you can write them if you have additional questions or wish to bid.