Oct 22 2007

Superb Winged Griffin R. J. Horner Partners Desk

Published by at 9:17 pm under RJ Horner

Sorry for the lapse in posts on this blog as I have been spending a lot of time getting some changes implemented over at RareVictorian.com. Running across this great Horner piece offered by Bradfords Antiques spurred me into action.

Up for auction is a Horner partner’s desk with 4 seated winged griffins. A Horner collector once told me that if a griffin piece had the “rat tail” on the griffins (which this one has), then you could be sure it was a Horner – not that you need to look at this one hard to figure out if it was a Horner. I’ll leave the details to Bradfords below, but I’ll let you know that bidding ends on the 30th and will start at $5,000 (reserve not met at that level). There are a lot more photos that I haven’t included that you can review at the listing.

R. J. Horner Winged Griffin
Mahogany Partners Desk

Circa 1890’s

Top of the Line Horner Standing
Winged Griffin Partners Desk


The Previous owner had the Desk
in his Family for over 100 years.

Near Mint Original Condition
Came with a Glass Top to
Protect the Finish Etc.

Four Standing Winged Griffins
Support this Heavily Carved
Partners Desk

All Ribbon Stripe Mahogany

Six Fully Relief Carved
Drawers with Carved

Serpentine Top with Detail
Carved Bullnose

Serpentine Bottom Shelf
with Highly Carved Edge

Carved Horner Style Feet

Height: 31 inches
Length: 56 inches
Depth: 37 inches

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2 Responses to “Superb Winged Griffin R. J. Horner Partners Desk”

  1. Douglas cormieron 25 Jan 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I have two horner partner desk one is mahogany and one is oak looking to sell one

  2. Celeste Burrellon 18 Jan 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I have my grandfathers desk like your “superb partners desk” above, dated Oct. 22, 2007. However it does not have wings or a rat tail. No one recalls it ever having wings. My sister played under it as a child and it didn’t have them at that time (mid 50’s). There is no marking showing that they have been broken or taken off. We are puzzled. Can you offer any help? Also, ours is not a red mahogany like yours pictured. We thought it was oak as it has a deep brown color. We feel it was purchase for my grandfather around late 1930’s to mid 40’s. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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