about 1870
Manufactured by Kilian Brothers (1856–about 1920)

Object Place: New York, New York


Overall: 101.6 x 61 x 53.3 cm (40 x 24 x 21 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, ebonized and gilded sections, modern upholstery incorporating section of older (possibly original) upholstery

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)




Seating and beds

n the highly competitive New York market, Kilian Brothers appealed to consumers who wanted to furnish their parlors with fashionable but moderately priced pieces. Their sales catalogue illustrated dozens of ornamental stands, pedestals, easels, tables, and chairs. These parlor accessories were in what was called a Néo-Grec style, a contemporary French taste for classical forms reinterpreted with contrasting surfaces, gilt details, elaborate hardware, and complex upholstery.


Late 1800s, Adolf and Blanche Weiler, Hartford City, IN; 1929, by inheritance to Harry and Rosina Weiler Kohn; 1984, by inheritance to Susan and Harry Kohn, Jr.; 2007, gift of Susan Kohn to the MFA (Accession date: June 27, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of the Kohn family in loving memory of Harry Kohn, Jr. by Susan G. Kohn, Wendy Kohn and Laurie Kohn