A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878

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Lot 1460W
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table
Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York
1878

Sold for US$ 215,000 inc. premium
Property from the Hagstrom Family Collection
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table
Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York
1878
The underside stamped HERTER BROS.
height 29 1/2in (75cm); length 54 1/2in (1.38m); depth 35 1/4in (89.9cm)


Footnotes

  • Mark Hopkins (1813-1878), treasurer of the Southern Pacific Railroad, purchased property at the corner of California and Mason Streets in San Francisco from his former friend, Leland Stanford. Following Mrs. Hopkins' wishes, the architectural firm of Wright and Saunders was retained to design the thirty-four room Gothic mansion. Work began on the house in 1875 and was completed in November of 1878, nine months after the death of Mark Hopkins.

    Charles Atwood, Chief Designer in the Architecture Department at Herter Brothers, designed the interior of the Hopkins residence circa 1877. The interior was planned with a central hall surrounded by rooms on the first and second floors. Following the fashion of the day, the Dining Room and Library were decorated in the Gothic taste, while the Salon and Music Rooms were created in the latest Aesthetic manner. The library was paneled in Circassian walnut which was highly polished and relief-carved. For the most part, the rooms were paneled and decorated in a manner which was repeated in the furniture placed in those interiors. The Music Room was decorated in rosewood, the Drawing Room in maple, burl mahogany and ebony, while the Moorish Room incorporated ebonized oak woodwork with mother-of-pearl inlay. Mark Hopkins' apartment, Mrs. Hopkins' chambers and suites reserved for relatives occupied the second floor, while the third floor was maintained for servant quarters.

    Provenance
    Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
    Mary Sherwood Hopkins, San Francisco
    Timothy Hopkins, Menlo Park
    Mary Kellogg Hopkins, Menlo Park
    Previously sold Butterfield & Butterfield, Sherwood Hall, October 5, 1942, lot 692.
    Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hagstrom, Tiburon

    Literature
    Katherine S. Howe, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen and Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, Herter Brothers, Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age, Harry Abrams Publishers, 1994, p. 189, where Catherine Hoover Voorsanger describes this table in extreme detail, and in footnote 8, relates the table's private ownership and acquisition of the table as lot 692 at the October 5, 1942 auction of the Estate of Mary K. Hopkins.

    cf. Edna E. Kimbro, The California Commissions of Herter Brothers, Interior Designers, New York City (senior thesis, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1976, pp. 80-82, for a discussion of the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins residence.

    cf. A pair of inlaid maple pedestals also executed by Herter Brothers for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco residence, sold Butterfields, The Estate of Mary K. Hopkins, Sherwood Hall, October 5, 1942, lot 694; and subsequently Butterfields, Los Angeles, American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts, March 25, 1991, lot 1646, now in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and included in the landmark exhibition, Herter Brothers, Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age, Houston, Atlanta and New York, August 21, 1994–July 9, 1995.
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A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
A fine and important American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table   Commissioned for the Drawing Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco Residence, executed by Herter Brothers, New York 1878
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