Thursday, August 2, 2018

Decorative Renaissance Revival Chair

With Renaissance style carved motifs and resembling the form of the Italian Sgabello chair of the Renaissance period.

Constructed of finely carved oak with a great rich patina. With a highly decorative carved back connected by curved arms above a shaped seat, supported by front cabriole legs with hairy paw feet joined with stretchers to rear spindle shaped legs. The chair back or splat is high carved on the front, topped with a foliate and acanthus leaf flanked on either side by curling dragons around a central shell resting upon two acanthus leaves and two hairy paw feet. The chair arms are curved and terminate into serpent heads topped with leaves.

American, circa 1900

Under the chair: a metal band which represents recent restoration work to firm the seat.

Two antique partial labels – most text is illegible – “chair” “ton, N.Y” "Brandt".

Likely indicating the chairmakers name or retail shop address in New York. The chair was likely retailed by New York firm Stickley-Brandt (1891 - 1918). The label likely looked like this one picture here. However the design is in the manner of R.J. Horner. Research has found that chairs at auction and in private collections with labels of R.J. Horner were then copied by Stickley-Brandt. I have not found evidence just yet if Stickley-Brandt and Horner worked together or quite possibly employed similar craftsmen. 

The chair is in the style and period of prominent furniture-maker R.J. Horner & Co of New York who made furniture from 1885 – 1915. Horner is known as making some of the greatest, handcrafted oak furniture of this period. Oak furniture was very popular during the early 20th century in America due to a shortage of walnut. Horner’s furniture was highly decorative and carved in the Renaissance revival style and commonly depicted carved animals, such as dragons and winged griffins, with elaborate scroll and foliate work, including many pieces supported on ball and claw and hairy paw feet.

Dimensions: H: 38 in x W: 13.5 in x D: 20 in

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