Herter Brothers Dresser Commissioned for Thurlow Lodge

An American Aesthetic ebonized, parcel gilt, maple and burl inlaid dresser by Herter Brothers, New York, circa 1872 for a commission for Thurlow Lodge. Has replaced marble top which, when lifted, reveals handwritten, "M. Latham" on top wood of dresser. Dimensions: 92"h x 54"w x 24"d. Provenance: The Estate of Mrs. Mary Hopkins, previously sold Butterfield & Butterfield, Sherwood Hall, October 5, 1942, Bonhams, Fine American and European Furniture, 2013, lot 1132, thence to private collector.  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. For shipping quote: (in California) Delbert McCrea 831-566-6088; (outside California) Alexander Services 203-324-4012.


Replaced marble top which is not affixed to base. Scattered minor wear but overall very good condition. 

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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