Jun 23 2008

Robert Mitchell Furniture

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Stop by the RareVictorian.com blog for an R.J. Horner-related posting. Robert Mitchell produced some furniture that is often mis-attributed to Horner. Photos and story here.



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Mar 31 2008

R. J. Horner Original Catalog ca. 1888

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Remember that R.J. Horner pamphlet I was searching for? I never thought that I’d see one, let alone own one in my lifetime, but I acquired this ca. 1888 copy. I hope to make this and other original catalogs fully available online after I relaunch Rare Victorian’s new site design in April.

This catalog is an interesting window into the art of decorating homes in the late 19th century. According to the pamphlet, R. J. Horner & Co. did not issue a comprehensive furniture catalog and instead issued this smaller pamphlet,

“Considering how great is the variety of taste and fashion in furniture at the present day, and that the styles are frequently changing, we do not deem it practical to issue a catalogue of our stock in its entirety, or anything approaching thereto.”

The furniture drawings are limited to vast perspectives of entire floors filled with furniture and it is amazing to see the broad variety of furniture sold, none of which are pieces that we’re accustomed to attributing to Horner.

The text of the pamphlet is divided into sections by rooms, “The Hall”, “The Dining Room”, “The Drawing Room”, “The Library”, and “The Bedroom”. The final paragraphs speak to Horner’s “Specimen Rooms” and “How We Conduct Our Business”. The Specimen Rooms were fully furnished rooms demonstrating decorating ideas for each type of room in a typical house.

The final statement prior to presenting their trade name and address is that

“We have ONE PRICE only – marked in plain figures – and allow no discounts.”



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Feb 12 2008

R. J. Horner Hall Chair

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While this isn’t one of R.J. Horner’s best work, I wanted to capture the image due to the fact that this is a labeled piece that I have not seen before. R. J. Horner was at the location in N.Y. shown on the label from as early as 1886. Bidding starts at $150 and expected range is $300 to $600. Bidding ends on the 15th of February.



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Jan 28 2008

Oak Signed Horner Hall Bench

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This signed Horner hall bench is unusual for some of the subject matter of the carvings which include Pagliacci, Hamlet, Shakespeare, and another unidentified figure of notoriety. North Wind Antiques, the seller, is speculating it may have been made for a large opera house due to the thematic elements of the carvings. The carved griffins on the arms look like the quality of the carvings that the company did on many of the lower-end hall chairs that you commonly see rather than the usual precision-carved griffins on the big pieces. It is also unusual for it’s use of Merklen-esque pierced-through triple-spiral columns. Bidding ends on Feburary 4th.



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Dec 02 2007

Horner – "How to Furnish our American Homes"

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I ran across this advertisement in a now public domain copy of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine Advertiser. The ad makes reference to a handbook produced by R. J. Horner titled, “How to Furnish Our American Homes”. I see that Columbia University may have a copy of this handbook, but other than that I cannot locate a copy anywhere else. If anyone has information on a surviving copy of this or is nearby Columbia University, please let me know.



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