Herter, Christian

Herter, Christian

(1840–83) furniture maker; born in Stuttgart, Germany. Around 1860 he joined half brother Gustav Herter's New York firm, which in 1866 was renamed Herter Brothers. After studying design in Paris, Christian bought out Gustav's share in 1870 and abandoned the firm's historical revival furniture in favor of pieces akin to the English arts-and-crafts style. Clients such as the Vanderbilts and J. P. Morgan commissioned suites and interiors from him.
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