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Havemeyer Sideboard by Pottier & Stymus

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Monumental size and exquisite workmanship distinguish this Pottier & Stymus sideboard

Key Features

  • This stunning Pottier & Stymus sideboard exhibits the sculptural talent of this illustrious firm
  • The sideboard was once part of the Henry Osborne Havemeyer estate
  • Pottier & Stymus pieces were generally specially made for only the most prestigious clients
  • Havemeyer #2 is lightly handwritten on the back of the sideboard
  • Circa 1875-1885
  • 112 3/4 wide x 19 5/8 deep x 81 3/4 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    112 3/4" Inches
  • Height:
    81 3/4" Inches
  • Depth:
    19 5/8" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    America
This incredibly rare and important sideboard was crafted by the respected American firm of Pottier & Stymus. True to the celebrated firm's reputation for exceptional quality in both design and construction, this sideboard is undeniably a masterpiece in both its exquisite craftsmanship and remarkable attention to detail. This magnificent specimen of American furniture is marked as being a part of the estate of the Henry Osborne Havemeyer of New York, a successful entrepreneur and three-time mayor of New York City.

This opulent masterpiece displays the dynamic carving that was much esteemed during the 1850s and early 1860s. Crafted of maple with cherry wood accents, the sideboard is crested by a laurel centered on a border of Vitruvian scrollwork. Acanthus partitions separate seven beveled mirror panels which draw the eye downward to a wonderful acanthus-lined frieze centered by a spring-loaded drawer concealed by a heavily carved maiden mask. The cabinet below is adorned with a relief scene of a pair of putti. Corinthian pilasters, recessed shelving and fully-formed reeded columns supported by putti flank this central scene. Inconspicuous cabinets are found on either side, and the entire piece rests upon subtle bun feet with casters. The depth and richness of the carving is simply incredible.

The breathtaking level of workmanship from the early period of such a revered artisan, combined with an important provenance, make this sideboard an exceptionally rare find.

"Havemeyer #2" is lightly handwritten on the back of the sideboard, affirming its inclusion within the Havemeyer estate.

Circa 1875-1885

112 3/4" wide x 19 5/8" deep x 81 3/4" high

Henry Osborne Havemeyer
Henry Osborne Havemeyer made his millions as the owner of the American Sugar Refining Company and at one time controlled the entire sugar refining industry in the United States. Havemeyer and his wife were famed art collectors and patrons, even giving Louis Comfort Tiffany free reign to design the interior for their Manhattan dwelling. Havemeyer's impressive collection of art can be credited, along with that of financier John Pierpont Morgan, as the nucleus of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its early days.

Pottier & Stymus
Pottier & Stymus was one of the most prominent and largest American design and manufacturing firms of high quality furniture of the Victorian period. Tremendously successfully in their day, the celebrated firm supplied furniture to the President's office and the Cabinet Room in the White House in 1869, and for the homes of such well-to-do families as the Rockefellers and railway baron Leland Stanford. In 1876, at the Philadelphia Centennial Fair, they were commended for their "skillful use of materials, happy blending of colors and ornamentation of the highest order of art." This glorious sideboard certainly supports that point of view. 

References:
Masterpieces of American Furniture From the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1999, Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio

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