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B Altman Co New York maple chest on chest c1940
B Altman Co New York maple chest on chest c1940


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Vintage B Altman Co New York maple chest on chest c1940 in excellent condition. Made in the early American country Chippendale style of the finest matching New England maple-wood with solid brass hardware, bracket feet, and large moldings Measures 61 inches tall, 17 inches deep, 31 inches wide at top molding 27.5 iwde at top and 30 inches wide at base.B Altman commissioned and sold fine reproductions of American Country furniture and was a luxury department store and chain, founded in 1865 in New York City, New York, by Benjamin Altman. It had its flagship store at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan from 1906 until the company closed on its flagship store on Fifth Avenue at the end of 1989. One of the first American department stores to open out-of-town branches. By 1906, though, Altman's had moved to a new block-long building at 35157 Fifth Avenue running from 34th to 35th Streets, which was expanded in stages through 1913 to 18889 Madison Avenue. The original Fifth Avenue building and the extensions were all designed by Trowbridge & Livingston in Italian Renaissance style.Altman's was the first big department store to make the move from the "Ladies' Mile" shopping district, where the dry-goods emporia had been located, to Fifth Avenue. That neighborhood was still almost entirely residential at the time, and the design of the new building, across the street from the grand residence of department-store rival A. T. Stewart's and diagonally across the avenue from the residence of Mrs. Astor, was planned to fit in with these palatial mansions around it. Following Altman's example, the other big stores like Lord and Taylor in 1914, followed and made the move uptown as well.

Item 9983:    $1,800

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