Herter Brothers was among the leading design firms of the Aesthetic period, creating elaborate, unified interiors for an elite clientele. The firm combined Gustav Herter's skill at cabinetmaking and marquetry with the artistic vision and entrepreneurial skills of his brother Christian. Gustav Herter skillfully ornamented his cabinets and chairs with pictures made from different kinds and shades of wood (such as the flowers and dragonflies on this cabinet's doors). Christian Herter designed wallpaper, lighting fixtures, metalwork, and textiles to complement his brother's elaborate furniture.


  • Title: Cabinet
  • Date Created: about 1880
  • Physical Dimensions: w1847.8 x h1333.5 x d384.2 mm
  • Type: Furniture- Case Furniture and Boxes
  • Rights: Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and the Frank B. Bemis Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/cabinet-268950
  • Medium: Maple, bird's-eye maple, oak or chestnut, stamped and gilt paper, with gilding, inlay, and carved decoration; original brass pulls and key
  • Inscription: Signed in pencil on back "N. 908, Harriman Esq. "
  • City, state, country: New York City, New York, United States
  • By: Herter Brothers

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