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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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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Nov 29 2007

Unusual Form Buffet – Possibly RJ Horner

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This buffet certainly has the heft of a Horner piece and the carvings are at the level that one would expect of a Horner but it is difficult to be sure as it is unmarked. The griffins are especially detailed with the one in the bottom center displaying an unusual amount of detail in the hairs on the chest and tail as well as the feathers on the wings. There are 4 other griffins integrated into the design as well. Note the “tin-roof” type carvings in the top curved section of the cabinet (see the listing photos to view this detail).

This buffet will be sold on December 1st starting at $3,000 with an expected range of $6,000 to $8,000. More details can be seen at the listing.

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