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Herter Brothers

The firm of Herter Brothers, New York, (working 1864 - 1906), founded by Gustave (1830 - 1898) and Christian Herter, (1839 - 1883) begun as an upholstery warehouse, became one of the first firms of furniture makers and interior decorators in the United States after the Civil War.

With their own design office and cabinet-making and upholstery workshops, Herter Brothers were prepared to accomplish every aspect of interior furnishing including decorative paneling and mantels, wall and ceiling decoration, patterned floors and carpets and draperies.

The Herters were born in Stuttgart, Wurttemberg. Gustave and Christian's father was a skilled cabinetmaker and they followed him in the trade.

Gustave Herter came to New York City in 1848 and by 1858 was working under his own name. Christian was in New York by 1859 and joined his brother in the firm (renamed Herter Brothers) by 1864.

The firm was at the forefront of the panoply of furnishing styles that preceded the Mission style: Renaissance Revival, Neo-Grec, Eastlake, the Aesthetic Movement, ebonized "Anglo-Japanese style" furnishings of the 1870s - 1880s for which the firm is best recognized today, and the wide range of furnishings in revival styles required for Gilded Age houses.


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