Mantel

Date: ca. 1825–30

Geography: Made in Italy

Culture: Italian

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: 52 1/2 x 68 3/16 x 9 7/8 in. (133.4 x 173.2 x 25.1 cm)

Classification: Architecture

Credit Line: Purchase, 1977

Accession Number: 1999.126

Description

This mantel has a long provenance in New York City. The mantel may have been originally ordered for a house in La Grange Terrace (built 1831–33) on Lafayette Street and was later moved to the Abram Hewitt house at 9 Lexington Avenue (built 1848). It was purchased from the Cooper Union in 1977, an organization chartered by Hewitt's father-in-law, Peter Cooper.

The carved tablet at the center of the mantel shows the Greek hero (and Roman god) Hercules at rest. Beside him are his attributes, the lion skin and the club.

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