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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Apr 30 2007

Winged Griffin Horner Dining Set

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As usual, you can always count on Bradford’s Antiques to bring a great R.J. Horner piece up for sale. In this case, it is pieces – plural, with a great full dining set of quartersawn oak. This set is in unbelievable restored condition and would be the highlight of any dining room, heck, highlight of any house. One thing about this table that I don’t like relative to other tables from Horner that I’ve seen – the skirts on the table leaves are not carved to match the table ends. Not a problem, really, just a nice-to-have. Bidding starts at $5,000 but the final value will be far north of that. Make sure you bid by May 10th if you are interested! More from Bradfords’ listing text:

R.J. Horner Winged Griffin Quartersawn Oak Dining Set
Table, China Cabinet, Sideboard & 10 chairs
Best of the Best
Heavily Carved Table Skirt
12 Original Leaves
I made the 12 leaves @ 9″ into 6 leaves @ 18″ by joining two together
(makes for a much more solid and better looking table)
Fully Skirted Leaves
(done at my shop in Liberty)
Table Opens to 14 Feet!
Check out the Detail on the Griffins!
Split Pedestal with Massive Floating Center Leg
Original Pedestal and Top Locking Mechanism
The Table is Rock Solid with All the Leaves In or Out
Rolls Easily on 7 Original Castors
8 Side Chairs and 2 Captains
Massive Chairs Carved Top to Bottom
All Reglued and Reupholstered in a Beautiful Burgandy Cut Velvet
Huge Chairs Rock Solid
Arms: 49″ tall & 27″ wide
Sides: 48″ tall & 20″ wide
Hidden Drawer In the Top Crest with Demon Carved Pull
Large Beveled Mirror
Tons of Storage Felted Silverware Drawer
Bowed Front with Relief Carved Drawers and Drawers with Carved Pulls
Two Doors with Original hardware and Functioning Locks
Height: 68 inches
Width: 72 inches
Depth: 26 inches
Relief Carved Serpentine Crest Rail
wo Detailed Winged Griffins
Serpentine Front
Beveled Mirror
Carved Columns
Mirrored Interior
Four Oak Shelves Double Grooved for Display
All Original Glass
Original Hardware
Functioning Lock with Key
Height: 79 inches
Width: 51 inches
Depth: 19 inches
This is one Incredible RJ Horner Dining Set
It is in Amazing Condition with No Problems
No Major Repairs of any Kind!
In Mint Restored Condition

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Mar 06 2007

R.J. Horner Figural China Cabinet

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Up for sale is an RJ Horner Quartersawn Oak China cabinet from the 1880’s timeframe. Looks to be in good original condition with original wavy glass. I like the Caryatid/Atlas juxtaposition. Often you see pieces with similar figures on both sides. I’ll leave the description to Bradford’s Antiques, the seller, but the listing ends March 16th.

  • Massive Serpentine Quartersawn Oak China Cabinet
  • attributed to RJ Horner
  • Circa 1880’s
  • Huge Serpentine Relief Carved Crest Rail
  • Notice the Pair of Winged Griffins Facing Off
  • Large Shield with Signature Horner Ribbed Egg in the Middle
  • Deep Relief Carvings all around, Note the Crisp Detail and the Textured Background
  • Carved on All Three Sides with Flowers and Vines
  • Two Incredible Figural Columns one with a Man: Atlas or Man of the Mountains and the Other with a Caryatid.
  • Wonderful detail, notice the Folds in the Drapes
  • The Tapered Columns are carved the rest of the way with Leaves and Bell Flowers
  • Serpentine Front Door and Serpentine Side Glass
  • Original Wavy Glass
  • Heavy Layered and Molded Base
  • Winged Claw Feet on the Step out Front and Extra Large Bunn Feet on the Back
  • Horizontal Three Panel Mirrored Back
  • Four Plate Glass Shelves that are Serpentine to Match the Design perfectly
  • Height: 73 inches
  • Width: 55 inches
  • Depth: 20 inches
  • Incredible American RJ Horner Quartersawn Serpentine China Cabinet
  • In near Mint Original Condition.
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Feb 28 2007

R. J. Horner Griffin Slant-Front Desk

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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!
  • 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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