Aug 21 2007

Carved Quartersawn Oak Griffin Sideboard

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Up for sale is an extensively carved Griffin sideboard that is attributed to Horner, though it is not marked as such. There is an elliptical shield/egg that is typical of Horner pieces in the center of the top crest. The drawer and door fronts are extensively carved and feature a pair of griffins on the top drawer in addition to the two supporting the top shelf. Bidding is currently at $1,775 with reserve not met. The auction will close on August 27th.

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Feb 28 2007

R. J. Horner Griffin Slant-Front Desk

Published by under RJ Horner

Hello blogosphere! This is the first post for my new Horner-only antique furniture blog. I started the Rare Victorian blog a month ago and have seen a serious following of Horner lovers so I am breaking out a separate blog for Horner pieces. If you are not familiar with my Rare Victorian Blog I post entries profiling rare victorian furniture on sale at online auctions from the best makers of the era. I have no affiliations with any of the sellers so I only post those items that I have a particular interest in and would purchase myself. I collect this information for my own purposes anyway and thought I’d post it out, making it convenient for others to follow.

It’s only fitting that I start my blog with a first post profiling an unbelievably carved desk from R. J. Horner. There isn’t a surface that isn’t carved and the quartersawn oak grain inside this desk gives new meaning to the oft-used term “tiger oak”. Bradford’s Antiques, the seller, mentions that this desk is one of only two or three known to be done in oak. More from the listing:

Rare R.J. Horner Quartersawn Oak Winged Griffin Slant Front Desk

  • Circa 1880’s
  • One of only Two or Three Known to been made in Oak!
  • MINT ALL ORIGINAL
  • Carved to Death
  • Secret Drawer with Gargoyle Head
  • Secret Drawer Button hidden Inside the Desk
  • All Relief Carved
  • The Best Quartersawn Flake Possible Throughout
  • Original Fitted Interior with Drawers and Columns
  • Six Drawer Desk all Serpentine Fronts and All Relief Carved with Carved Pulls
  • Massive Griffins in Fine Horner Style Detail
  • Notice how the Griffins are Squatting on their Haunches and how the Tails Curl up between the Legs
  • Also see How the Wings are Elongated to have the Tips go back past the Side of the Case.
  • The Griffins are in Mint Condition with No Cracks or Breaks!
  • This Desk is in All Original Mint Condition.
  • The Back is Finished Quartersawn Oak as well
  • Height: 46 inches
  • Width 42.5 inches
  • Depth: 22 inches
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