Associating Herter Brothers With Decorative Inlay
Peter sent me this photo of a Renaissance Revial parlor set that he has from a “wealthy relative” and was asking if I knew who the cabinetmaker may have been that constructed it. He was wondering if it was made by Herter Brothers, probably due to the carved lion (or griffin) arms and especially the inlay that trims the set.
It is very common to see attributions made to Herter Brothers based on the presence of appealling inlay such as what is seen on this set. In fact there is a parlor set on Ebay right now that is attributed to Herter Brothers due to it’s inclusion of inlay, abalone, copper and pewter. The problem with the latter attribution is that I am unaware of Herter using some of those materials in their furniture. Herts Brothers may be a more likely maker than Herter Brothers for that particular set (but I won’t even go so far as to classify that association as “possibly by“). Date of manufacture was probably at least 10-20 years later than described.
Although it is a wonderful set, I don’t believe that Peter’s was made by Herter Brothers either (or even Gustave alone) but I present it here for others to comment on the set and it’s possible maker.
Stay tuned for a labeled Herts Brothers bedroom set that Rare Victorian readers will have an opportunity to purchase in the coming days …