about 1880
Herter Brothers (American, 1865–1905)

Object Place: New York City, New York


133.35 x 184.78 x 38.42 cm (52 1/2 x 72 3/4 x 15 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, bird's-eye maple, oak or chestnut, stamped and gilt paper, with gilding, inlay, and carved decoration; original brass pulls and key

On View

Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Gallery (Gallery 228)




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes

Large rectangular cabinet supported on four short front legs terminating in animal-paw feet and four straight rear legs; main body of cabinet contains an arched niche at each side, with a small drawer above and below, flanking a central door with inlaid Asian motifs, including irises, flowers, reeds, dragonflies, and a painted butterfly, and with a bird’s-eye maple panel at top; carved and pierced panel below cupboard; lower section with a flat, slightly projecting top with molded edge; upper section includes a large box at center decorated at front with carved and gilt columns; splash board has rounded ends and, along with the entire back, is covered with stamped gilt paper with painted/stenciled rosettes; brass mounts, pulls, and key.


Signed in pencil on back "N. 908, Harriman Esq. "


Stamped "HERTER BROS" twice on back.


Probably owned originally by Harriman family, possibly Edward Henry Harriman (1848-1909) of the railroad industry; purchased from Margot Johnson, Inc., a New York City dealer, by the Museum in 2000 (Accession Date: January 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and the Frank B. Bemis Fund