Sep 11 2008

Horner Bamboo Furniture at Grand View

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I’ll borrow a little background on bamboo furniture that I wrote for my Horner bio page:

Throughout the 1890s, R.J. Horner advertised imitation bamboo furniture made of Maple stained a yellowish tone. This furniture was inspired by the great success of the Japanese display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Surviving examples suggest that this less formal furniture was used in private living areas and not the more formal public areas of the home.

The dresser to the right is coming up for sale at Grand View Antiques & Auction on the 13th.  I thought it would be interesting to mention this style of furniture since many Horner admirers may not be aware of this niche of Horner’s production.

The dresser’s bidding will start at $2,000 and expected range is $3,000 to $5,000.  More at the listing.

There is also a matching bed and lockside chest.

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Sep 10 2008

R.J. Horner Furniture at Grand View Antiques & Auction

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Grand View Antiques and Auction will be having a sale on September 13th, 2008 and there are several R.J. Horner-attributed items coming up for bid.

The image to the left is the base of a table that they are attributing to Horner and what I cannot tell from the images or description is whether the leaves, which extend the table to 128″, are original and match the ends of the table.

As time passes with these antique tables, the leaves often get lost and get remade, without the side gadrooning and with mixed results on matching the original table finish and grain.

This sale also has 3 pieces of faux bamboo furniture for which Horner is about as famous for as he is for his griffin furniture.

I’m unaware of any of the pieces in this sale sporting a label to confirm their maker, but nonetheless, fans of Horner will appreciate the items regardless of the maker being Horner or not.

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