19895 R.J. Horner Carved Mahogany Desk
Late 19th century, New York. The desk is heavily carved with scrolling leaf tips and vinery on every surface. The hinged lid opens to an interior fitted with cubbyholes and small pen and stationary drawers above three aligned short drawers with carved leafy drawer pulls, over a central knee hole within carved valances flanked by a small drawer. The case is supported by seated winged Griffins beautifully carved in deep relief centering an open shelf with gadrooned edge. Robert J. Horner opened in New York City in 1886, advertising “First-Class and Medium-Quality Furniture” to serve both wealthy and middle-class markets. R.J. Horner & Co. produced a wide range of furnishings, primarily in oak and mahogany due to a shortage of walnut. The output ran from dining-room sets to hall trees; upholstered parlor sets to desks. Horner’s furniture is marked by heavily carved surfaces covered with griffins, gargoyles, cherubs, and gadrooning. Two nearly identical examples have recently sold at auction for $8500 and $9000. SIZE: 46-1/2” h x 43” w x 23 1/3” d. CONDITION: Structurally sound with original dry surfaces. Minor surface scratches and acceptable in-use wear throughout. Shipping to the New England states would be $365.00 and if outside New England send us your zip code and we can quote your cost for shipping to your area.