When one thinks of ALBERT HERTER, one instinctively thinks of elegant oil paintings and exquisite murals. Yet Albert Herter’s talents were expansive, and like his famous father, covering every aspect of Interior Design.
Albert Herter mastered every form of art. From illustrations and watercolors to fine-art portraits; murals, wallcoverings, design of stained-glass Tiffany Windows and Tiffany Lamps; Interior Design, Stage Design and Fabric Design.
Albert Herter established ‘Herter Looms’ in 1908, and was recognized as producing the finest quality Tapestries and Curtains textiles in America.
Herter Looms often incorporated Gold and Silver into their works. Herter Looms was held in high regard and was referred to as ‘the finest producers of American tapestry weaving’.
Albert and his talented wife Adele Herter first decorated the Herter California family estate in 1908-1909. The Herter family created much of the artwork at this luxurious estate, and was often refered to as the ‘House of Herter Art’.
Individual masterworks adorned the interiors of the grand Herter mansion including Christian Herter’s ‘Herter Brothers’ furniture, lighting fixtures, wall coverings, painted wood-screens; numerous paintings by Albert and Adele Herter; joint projects such as the ‘Cactus and Persian Rooms’ by both Adele and Albert Herter; and the Herter stained glass Tiffany Windows and Tiffany Lamps by both Albert Herter and Luis Comfort Tiffany.
Entering the main Herter Library, Albert Herter’s ‘Gold Stenciled’ curtains greeted the famous Herter guests. The Herter Looms’ gold-stenciled curtains hung at the El MIrasol Herter estate in Santa Barbara, California from 1909 until 1969.
Albert Herter’s ‘Gold Stenciled’ curtains each measures approximately 9 foot by 9 foot in size. Each are identical in appearance, and in good condition.
Together with several colorful and elaborate tapestries, these Herter gold-stenciled curtains were the first items created by the newly formed Herter Looms company in 1908. It was written that Albert’s wife Adele Herter assisted in the early works from Herter Looms, as these items were used in the decoration of the new El MIrasol Herter estate.
Large wood-blocks were used to press the gold stencil design into the fabric. The indentations from the wood-block pressings can be seen in the texture of these Herter curtains.
Often, Albert Herter painted Herter guests in costumes made from Herter Looms textiles.
NOTE: The same style gold-stenciled fabric Herter wears in the self-portrait ‘Albert Herter in Costume of Hamlet’. Albert Herter painted this self-portrait at the El MIrasol Herter family estate, and now hangs at the Smithsonian Museum.
The same style gold-stenciled fabric was also used in Albert Herter’s portrait painting of Robert Luis Stevenson. Stevenson and his wife often visited the El Mirasol Herter estate. Further examples can be seen in other Herter paintings and water-colors of famous scenes from Plays and theatrical productions.