Treasures of The Huntington Library

Treasures of The Huntington Library

February 15, 2017

Whilst in Los Angeles, we took time to explore one of America's finest collections of fine and decorative arts - The Huntington Library in San Marino. This vast and important collection is a must to see for any 18th century furniture enthusiast, and here is a few notable examples of English and Irish furniture from the Huntington.

 

The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Detail of a fine George II side chair, one of a set of four at the Huntington Library.

Fne George II side chair, one of a set of four at the Huntington Library, English or Irish, c. 1730-40

An extremely fine George II period mahogany armchair, of gigantic proportions, one of a pair at the Huntington Library, English or Irish, c. 1730-40.

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair pictured above.

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

Detail of the fine George II period mahogany armchair at the Huntington Library

An extremely fine George II period mahogany armchair, of gigantic proportions, one of a pair at the Huntington Library, English or Irish, c. 1730-40.

A fine Queen Anne walnut and ormolu-mounted needlework side chair, one of a suite, showing a strong Dutch influence in its design

An important Irish George II period side table, c. 1740-50

A fine Queen Anne walnut and ormolu-mounted needlework armchair, one of a suite

Detail of an important Irish George II period side table, c. 1740-50

A very fine Regency mahogany, ebonized and ebony inlaid cellarette, in the Egyptian taste