Armchair, "Prince of Wales" pattern

1870
Attributed to J. W. Hamburger (American, born in Prussia, 1840 to about 1896), Formerly attributed to John Jelliff and Co. (1836–1890)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 101.3 x 64.8 x 61 cm (39 7/8 x 25 1/2 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

1990.258

Medium or Technique

Walnut, modern upholstery

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Upholstered armchair in Neo-Grec or Renaissance Revival style with turned legs, carved caryatid armrests, upholstered oval back and central portrait medallion on crest. Portrait medallion is a profile image of Clara Louise Kellogg (1842-1916), opera soprano. Raised lettering under the profile reads “Miss C. L. Kellogg.”


This armchair is very similar to one illustrated in the 1872 catalogue of J. W. Hamburger, where it was among the most costly items. Hamburger aimed to give his goods an air of refinement and nobility by assigning them names with historical or aristocratic associations. The upholstery fabric and trims are hand-woven replicas of original fragments found on this chair.

Provenance

Museum purchase from Charlotte and Edgar Sittig (antiques dealers, Shawnee-on Delaware, Pennsylvania), 1990.

Credit Line

Gift of Supporters of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture