This monumental bookcase was shown at the first world’s fair held in the United States. Decorated with intricate spires, arches, buttresses and figures dressed in medieval costumes, the bookcase is in the 13th-century Gothic style, popular for libraries.
Shown at the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, New York, 1853
Gustave Herter, American (born Germany), 1830–1898. Ernst Plassmann, woodworker, American, 1823–1877. Bulkley and Herter, manufacturer, United States (New York, NY), ca. 1852–1858. Bookcase, 1852–53. White oak, eastern white pine, eastern hemlock, yellow poplar with later stained glass. 134 1/2 x 118 3/4 x 30 1/4 in. (341.6 x 301.6 x 76.8 cm). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Purchase: Nelson Trust through the exchange of gifts, bequests, and other Trust properties, 97-35.