Decorations for the Cornelius Vanderbilt II House, 1881-83

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Mantelpiece, 11 x 15 feet,
with marble caryatids,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899), grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt I, was a financier and philanthropist, and president of the New York and Harlem Railroad from 1886 until his death. He commissioned architect George B. Post to build a mansion at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. John La Farge supervised the decoration of the dining and watercolor rooms. The sculptural decorations were by Saint-Gaudens, who was assisted in the project by his brother Louis, Philip Martiny, Frederick W. MacMonnies, and others.

Ceres panel,
inlaid wood,
62 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches
(159.4 x 64.1 cm.), collection of SGNHS

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Apollo panel, inlaid wood,
National Museum of American Art