American Victorian Crane Form Pedestal, attributed to Herter Brothers

A fine American Renaissance Revival parcel-gilt and carved walnut pedestal with crane accents, attributed to Herter Brothers, New York, third quarter 19th century. Dimensions: 43"h x 24"w x 15.5"d. Provenance: Bonhams, New York, 2009, lot 1287, Estate of William B. Ruger, Jr. Brothers Christian and Gustave Herter were German immigrants. The Herter Brothers firm (1864-1906), in New York, specialized in comprehensive interior design and cabinet making to the Gilded Age. Among their clients were William Vanderbilt, Mark Hopkins, Jay Gould, Ulysses Grant (for the White House), Milton Latham (Thurlow Lodge) and Ruggles S. Morse (a Southern hotel baron). Their work is known for its complex carvings and ornamentation as well as skill of workmanship. Shipping within California: Delbert McCrea 831-566-6088. Outside of California: Alexander Services 203-324-4012.


Conserved to museum standards by Mark Adams. It has a small (approx. 1”l) area of veneer lifting on top as well as small areas of veneer loss, mainly on left side of top. There are scattered areas of wear to gilt (not many) and a loss of the tip of the feathers on the right as well as possible loss of tip of leaf at base on left. One side of inlay on the base has some scuffing.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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