Four-piece Herter Brothers Parlor Suite Commissioned for the Beebe Mansion

Four piece Herter Brothers parlor suite commissioned for the Beebe Mansion, Boston, Massachusetts comprising two sofas and two armchairs. Having carved acorn accents, female form arm supports and marquetry bases. Casters. Dimensions: (sofa) 36"h x 59.5"w x 28.5"d; (armchair) 36.5"h x 27"w x 30"d. The Beebe and Gardner Brewer Mansion was built in 1863 on the site of John Hancock Estate in Boston, Mass. Beebe and Gardner built a French Renaissance double town houses at 29-30 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Gridley James Fox Bryant which became the home of James M. Beebe (30 Beacon Street) and Gardner Brewer (29 Beacon Street). The John Hancock House had been located on this site until it was demolished in 1863. Beebe and Gardner’s mansion were demolished to make way for the expansion of the Massachusetts State House in 1917. Beebe likely commission Herter Brothers in circa 1861-62 to furnish his mansion which would make one of Herter’s earliest residential commissions following Victoria Mansion (1858-1860) and the Probasco Mansion, Cincinnati (circa 1859-61). 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. For shipping quote: (inside California) Delbert McCrea 831-566-6088; (outside California) Alexander Services 203-324-4012.


Scattered wear and discolorations to upholstery. Otherwise in remarkably good old condition with some scattered wear. One sofa has a split in the wood right front leg. Other sofa has a repair to the right rear leg as well as discolorations left rear leg.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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