Probably gilded cherry or gilded maple and ash [pending wood analysis]
28 1/4 x 28 x 20 1/4 in. (71.8 x 71.1 x 51.4 cm)
Gift of Ann Pyne, 1999
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
Original gilding and imposing carved lion’s heads on the handrests distinguish this armchair. It is almost identical to a pair of armchairs made by Herter Brothers for the Red Room in the White House in 1875 during Ulysses S. Grant’s administration. The reproduction blue brocade upholstery is based on a description of the chairs listed in a bill for the White House commission.