(b 1615; d 1685). German furniture-maker, active in Italy. He settled in Rome in 1655 and entered the papal service. Whereas the principal technique employed by Roman craftsmen was carving, furniture-makers from the north such as Herman made extensive use of inlay. His only clearly identifiable work is an ebony studiolo (signed and dated 1668) with lapis-lazuli columns and marble inlays (Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.