This is a wonderful custom built Chippendale partner’s desk from the 1870’s. The details and workmanship are exceptional. During the 1870’s we were celebrating the 100th or centennial anniversary of the founding of our nation. As a society, we were looking back and glorifying earlier furniture styles and trends. As a result, along came the renewed interest resulting in centennial furniture highlighting Chippendale, Queen Anne and all Federal styles. The emphasis was quality and design. This desk is a classic example of 1870’s centennial furniture in the Chippendale style. The solid mahogany desk has a carved gadrooned or rope edge along the top. All the drawers are hand dovetailed with original solid cast brass hardware. The top end drawers have a carved swag of bellflowers on their fronts and working locks with key. Below, on one side are 3 drawers all having their locks. The other side has a door with a recessed, heavily and deeply carved panel and working lock with key. Noticed the delicately carved quarter columns on the corner of the desk and inside the chair opening. Below are additional gadrooned carvings with acanthus leaves. The desk rests on boldly carved ball and claw feet. Now comes a real treat; the sides of the desk and even the inside of the chair opening have recessed beautifully carved shell designs! They did not skimp on detail when designing this desk. The one side of the desk mirrors the other except the drawers are false, yet the cabinet door is real. The finish is original and in excellent condition having the richest color and patina.
This solid walnut Victorian tall chest of drawers is called a lockside. It has a very uncommon and unique feature. Traditionally, each drawer had their own lock. Locksides have a single lock located along the right side corner of the dresser. The lock is hinged to a moulding which catches the edge of all the drawers and allows the user to lock them all at once. How cool is that? Even more amazing is that it retains its original working lock and a key! We attribute the chest to the cabinet maker, George Henkel of Philadelphia. The distinctly carved wooden pulls are associated with his fine furniture. The tall chest has 6 hand dovetailed drawers which graduate in size. All the drawers have burled walnut fronts with oval “racetrack” molding. If you look closely, you will see that the fourth drawer down, the carved pull on the right has some wood loss along the bottom. This does not affect its function and is hardly noticeable. All the drawers operate smoothly. Notice the carvings along the top corner of the chest. The pierced carvings display acanthus leaves adorned with carved clusters of flowers. The dresser has recessed paneled ends. The finish appears original and is in excellent condition having a desirable color and patina.
This solid walnut marble top bedroom set is from the Eastlake or Aesthetic period of Victorian furniture. What a treat to find a complete matching set. The dresser measures 84” tall, 42” wide and 22” deep. The bed measures 65” tall, 59” wide and 80” deep. The washstand is 34” tall, 38.5” wide and 19” deep. Notice the inlaid looking design on the ornately carved crest of the bed and dresser. The dresser and washstand have hand dovetailed drawers and their original brass hardware and working locks. The marble is original and is a soft shade of light brown with white veining and in excellent condition. Notice how the marble is recessed into the frame of the dresser and washstand. The mirror is removable and is original and also in excellent condition. The washstand has 2 doors with a shelf inside. The bed will accommodate a standard full or double size mattress and box springs. The finish on all 3 pieces is in excellent condition.
This exceptional solid mahogany, small sized, Centennial desk is in the Chippendale style. This is not your typical mass produced fall front desk. Centennial furniture refers to those items made during the 100th anniversary celebration of our nation during the 1870’s. Earlier styles were revived and highlighted by small specialty cabinet shops offering goods of high quality and attention to detail. This is a prime example. The fall front has a deeply carved shell design with scrolling acanthus leaves and its original cast brass hardware and working lock with key. The lid drops down to become the writing surface and rests on two slide-out supports. Inside are 4 open cubbies, 4 hand dovetailed drawers and a document door. The small door has a fan carving on the front and its original working lock with key. Below are 4 hand dovetailed drawers with all original cast brass hardware with working locks. The desk rests on boldly carved ball and claw feet having knees with acanthus carvings. Notice the delicate reeded quarter columns in the front corners. The desk retains its original finish which is in excellent condition having a deep, rich color and patina. It’s petite size makes it perfect for any room in the house.
This walnut Victorian wardrobe comes apart in 10 pieces for ease in transporting and getting up staircases. Notice the extensive use of applied panels of burled walnut and the wide ogee shaped cornice. The wardrobe or armoire has 2 doors with working locks and key. Inside is an original shelf and 2 clothes rods that were added later. Shelving can be easily installed for alternate storage design. Notice the large single drawer at the base having its original lock and brass decorative pulls. The finish is in excellent condition. If you look very closely, you will see a small curved piece of molding missing on the bottom of the left door and a small piece of wood missing on the right door bottom edge. These do not affect the function or integrity of the piece. Imagine the storage options with this wardrobe cabinet!
This classical inspired lamp has a beautiful reverse painted glass shade. The hand painted shade has 6 textured curved glass panels. All have scenes of trees surrounding a stream or pond. Three of the panels show nymphs or scantily clad women dancing during dusk time. The scenes are quite dramatic and surreal. The colors are rich shades of teal, blue, gold and green. The lamp base has a bronze looking patina and an elegant light looking classical design. The base and shade are in excellent condition. There are 2 pull chains for the 2 light sockets. The wiring is in excellent working condition. This lamp will make a statement in any home.
This solid walnut 2 door bookcase is in the late Victorian Eastlake style. Previous owners added a mirror to the back and used it to display their collections. The mirror back can be easily removed if requested. The bookcase has a raised burled walnut panel above the door with an intricately carved stylized design. Notice the carved, turned and burled walnut column on the front corners. Each door retains its original glass, working lock and hardware. There is also a key. Inside each door are 3 adjustable shelves. The base consists of 2 drawers with burled walnut fronts and their original brass pulls and working locks. The sides of the bookcase have recessed panels as well. Look closely at the area above the left drawer. There is a 2 inch chip of wood missing at the corner. This does not detract from its aesthetics or functionality and is to be expected due to age and use. The finish appears original and is in excellent condition having a desirable color and patina.
This custom built solid mahogany stand is a classic example of Chippendale Centennial furniture. In 1876 we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our nation and emphasizing and appreciating the earlier furniture styles. As a result, Centennial furniture concentrated on Chippendale, Queen Anne and Federal styles executed in careful detail and craftsmanship. The stand has a gadrooned or rope carved edge with delicate quarter columns in the front corners. There are two hand dovetailed drawers over 2 doors. The drawers have their original cast brass hardware with working lock and key. The doors have their original hardware and lock as well. Each recessed paneled door has a carved fan resting atop a deeply carved shell design. Below is additional gadroon carving along the front and side. The cabinet rests on boldly carved ball & claw feet with carved shells on their knees. The stand retains its original finish which is in excellent condition having a deep rich color and very desirable patina.
This beautifully carved mirror would be perfect over a mantle. The solid mahogany frame has a unique cornice with delicately carved leaves along the top along with dentel and other shaped mouldings. Below is a delicately and deeply carved frieze of scrolling leaves and vines. Additional carved panels are along the sides as well. The original mirror has a wide beveled edge. The mirror is originally designed to rest on a mantle or can be hung on the wall. The finish appears original and is in excellent condition having a deep, rich colo9r and desirable patina. This is a beauty and would make a statement in any home or room.
These solid brass sconces have exceptional detailing. They are cast brass, not stamped, and quite heavy. Their quality is first rate. They are from the Aesthetic Victorian period. The matching pair appears to highlight a fruit, possible apples. There are panels of blossoms and clusters of apples with leaves. The raised designs are highly detailed. Each has double candle holders with arms that can swing into any position. The sconces are in excellent condition and have a wonderful patina.