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Herter Brothers Armchair Commissioned for Thurlow Lodge

Carved walnut chair by Herter Brothers, commissioned for the billiard room of Milton Latham's estate, Thurlow Lodge, Menlo Park, California. Circa 1872. The chairs are believed to be part of a set of eight, two are held by Stanford University, and one in the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia. Dimensions: 53.5"h x 31"w x 27.5"d. Provenance: Thurlow Lodge, Butterfield & Butterfield, 1942, Bonham's May, 2009, 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.

Thurlow Lodge is the no-longer-extant Menlo Park California mansion of former California governor and United States senator Milton Slocum Latham (1827–1882) and his second wife, Mary McMullin. Mr. and Mrs. Latham commissioned the interior design for their home from the New York City firm of Herter Brothers, whose San Francisco outlet catered to prominent patrons such as Mark Hopkins, James Flood, Darius Ogden Mills, and John D. Spreckels.

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Condition:

Replaced velvet. Conserved to museum standards by Mark Adams. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$11,495
01/16/2020

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions. Accepted methods of payments are cash, check, money order, or wire transfer for foreign payments.