HERTER BEDROOM SUITE

Rare three piece solid quartered oak bedroom suite signed by Gustave Herter
(1830-1892) for the Oakwood estate of Henry Probasco in Cincinnati, OH. The
suite is comprised of a larger than full size (56.5″ x 79″ between the rails)
bed, and two full dressers with original mirrors. The bed is richly decorated
with raised burled front panels, applied moldings, finials, buttons, and fancy
incised carvings. Intricate applied carvings have a grape, leaf, and fleur de
lis motif. Similar decorations are incorporated in the design of the footboard
and side rails. The bolts that connect the side rails to the headboard and
footboard have been replaced. The tops of the two mirrors are similar with
carved buttons on top of the arched crest and corresponding buttons that drop
down and are reflected in the mirrors. Full octagonal columns flank the sides of
the mirror. One chest has a cabinet on each side of the mirror with a small
drawer above and below a cabinet with a beautifully carved door. The cabinet on
the left has an interior small drawer and the one on the right has a middle
shelf (see photo). Both chests have three regular drawers with a secret drawer
on the bottom. The drawers fronts are carved with matching motifs to the bed.
The top drawers have dividers and the secondary wood of the drawers is all
quartered oak – a great sign of the quality and care that went into the
construction. They have original fancy brass pulls. Some were missing and we had
them recast. Notice the inlay in the tops of the dressers! This is made of
rosewood as are the carved key escutcheons on the drawers. Rosewood was the
superior wood of the period and when Henry Probisco asked Herter to design a
suite out of oak for his “Oakwood” mansion he probably felt inspired to
incorporate some of this lovely wood into the pieces. The back of one chest has
two “G. Herter” stamps while the other one has one (see photos). Gustave Herter
designed the interiors of the Oakwood in 1858. From page 227 of “Herter
Brothers, Furniture and Interiors of the Gilded Age” we found this entry
“Gustave appears to have supplied furniture for the house as well as designs for
the walls and woodwork. A more prolonged relationship between the Herters and
Probasco is suggested by an auction of Probasco’s estate in 1899, which includes
several items made and/or designed by Herter Brothers and dated as late as
1868″. More information about the house can be seen at this link Henry Probasco
House
Some of the furniture from Oakwood was inherited by Mrs. John J. Rowe
who was a Probasco. She sold many pieces of furniture with her home on Carnargo
Club Drive in Indian Hill in 1975. The furnishings remained in the home of the
buyers until they sold them to us. We have a copy of  a “Statement of
Authenticity” that we received from the seller which we will provide to the
buyer of this suite. The photo of the young boy came with it (see photo). “Henry
Probasco Jr Aged 4 1/2 yrs for Aunt Margie” is written on the back. Gustave
Herter is considered the finest designer of Renaissance Revival Victorian
furniture. This is a historically important suite in great condition made and
designed by the best cabinet maker of the period!
Circa: 1860   Dimensions bed: 76.5″H x 85″L (56.5W x 79″L between the rails)
Dimensions chest with boxes: 90″H x 57″W x 24.5″D
Dimensions chest: 90″H x 55.5″W x 24.5″D
Finish: Very good original finish with a fine old
patina. There is a chance that the suite was refinished many years ago. It
definitely has an old surface with obvious age. We had some horizontal moldings
replaced. One of the dressers is slightly darker than the other – especially the
sides. Most likely this variation in tone was caused by more/less sun exposure.    The photo of the boy was given to the buyer of the dining room suite that came out of the same home.  I have a copy of this photo which I
  will provide to the buyer.                            Price: $25,000.00 for the three piece suite   

 

 

HENRY PROBASCO AS CHILD

FOOTBOARD CORNER

FOOTBOARD

TOP RIGHT OF FOOTBOARD

DETAIL ON HEADBOARD

HEADBOARD FINIAL

SIDERAIL TO HEADBOARD

CENTER OF HEADBOARD

ROSEWOOD INLAY ON TOP

TOP DRAWER

CENTER BASE

SIGNATURE ON BACK

 

 

LEFT BOX

 

 

CARVING ON FRONT OF BOX

LEFT BOX

 

 

 

SIGNATURE ON BACK OF MIRROR