In its collections, Victoria Mansion has over 90% of the objects that were in the house in 1860. Olive Morse made a room-by-room list of the furnishings and objects she sold to the Libby family with the house after her husband Ruggles died. Thankfully, we have that original inventory. We have used it and photographs taken during the Morse and Libby occupancies to identify and ensure pieces that were removed from the site are returned to their proper locations. Some of the most spectacular pieces are highlighted here.
Cabinet, 1858-1860. Maple and rosewood. Gustave Herter. Victoria Mansion.
Parlor festoons, 1858-1860. Silk and wire. Victoria Mansion. Photo: Gail Dodge.
Painting, Emmanuel Leutze, The Iconoclasts, 1846. Oil on canvas. Frame, Gustave Herter, 1858-1860. Victoria Mansion.
Cabinet, Gustave Herter. Porcelain, unknown French manufacturer, 1858-1860. Rosewood, marble, porcelain. Victoria Mansion. Photo: J. David Bohl.