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Bar Cabinet

Serena Pulitzer Lederer

Serena Pulitzer Lederer, 1889. Gustav Klimt. Purchase, Wolfe Fund, and Rogers and Munsey Funds, Gift of Henry Walters, and Bequests of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe and Collis P. Huntington, by exchange, 1980

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 829

Inspiration & Interpretation

Gustav Klimt’s 1889 portrait of Serena Pulitzer Lederer is a painting of beautiful contrast. She evokes strength and confidence, but also femininity and delicacy. She’s poised perfectly. Like Auguste Renoir’s 1883 painting “Seashore,” this majestic portrait of Serena Pulitzer Lederer, the grandniece of U.S. journalist Joseph Pulitzer, invites the viewer to gaze upon Serena in perhaps the same way that God gazes upon us: with love, awe, wonder. Yes, why wouldn’t God gaze upon the uniqueness of what He has created with the love, awe, and wonder that a father or mother has for their child?

In our bar cabinet Serena we wanted to create something that stood tall and proud, but also delicate and resolved, just like Pulitzer Lederer. At eighty inches tall, we wanted the cabinet to be long and flowing, as if in motion. In order to mirror the delicate detail of Serena’s dress that seemingly begins to dissolve into the background of the painting as it flows toward her feet, we designed the shield-shaped glass door to transition from one intricate pattern to another, another task we were told would be impossible. The elegant black walnut shelves hidden beyond meticulously patterned glass symbolize what Spanish mystic and saint St. Teresa of Avila called the “interior castle,” those rooms within our soul that may seem dark or abandoned but become the very places where we discover God.

In order to capture the flare of Serena’s silhouette in the form of this cabinet, a single piece of wood was bent, curving around the top and flaring at the base. This detail is critical to creating an uninterrupted, seamless profile that echoes the nature of the original painting. The translucent, ghost-like nature of the painting is reflected in uniquely poured glass doors, creating depth. A focal point is the custom-blown glass decanter set upon the center shelf, a sharp detail among soft shapes. Overall the angelic and divine dimensions of both the portrait and Serena serve as a reminder that we are made in the image of God and are beckoned inward to further explore the inner peace and freedom this entails.

Ernest Hershberger signature

"Overall the angelic and divine dimensions of both the portrait and Serena serve as a reminder that we are made in the image of God and are beckoned inward to further explore the inner peace and freedom this entails."

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Translucency, Delicacy, Resolute

30″W x 20″D x 75″H, 275lbs.

*Limited Edition – Only 70 Available

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“The special textured glass reflects our spiritual journey from birth to death, flowing from the bottom to the top. In our life, there are waves, but the more mature your faith, the clearer your vision becomes, and the better you see God. 1 Corinthians 13:12”

— Ernest Hershberger, Founder of Abner Henry

Serena Bar Cabinet