Armchair, "Prince of Wales" pattern
Object Place: New York, New York, United States
Overall: 101.3 x 64.8 x 61 cm (39 7/8 x 25 1/2 x 24 in.)
Medium or Technique
Walnut, modern upholstery
Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)
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.
Museum purchase from Charlotte and Edgar Sittig (antiques dealers, Shawnee-on Delaware, Pennsylvania), 1990.
Gift of Supporters of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture