Rare Victorian - R.J. Horner Oak Griffin Desk
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R.J. Horner Oak Griffin Desk

020907035a 751102 R.J. Horner Oak Griffin Desk

020907035a 751102 R.J. Horner Oak Griffin DeskI’ve had several recent posts dealing with R.J. Horner items and this is primarily due to two things: one, a significant number of visitors to my site/blog are looking for R.J. Horner items, and two, there have been a rash of Horner pieces coming up for sale at the moment.

It seems that too many sellers automatically attribute any pieces with heavy carvings to Horner and if a piece has a griffin on it, it almost immediately becomes a “Horner”. Since most pieces of furniture are not signed it’s always a challenge to be sure of attributions. I will try to profile only those attributed items that demonstrate trademark Horner features and are of the highest quality. This piece fits that profile. Although not signed, the seller is attributing this magnificent oak carved griffin desk to R.J. Horner. Here is more from the listing:

This fine table is a “tour-de-force” of fantastic carvings. The design from top to bottom has perfect proportions and provides a visual feast of gothic and renaissance inspiration! The top has a highly decorative perimeter with fancy cookie corners. The two drawer handles are carved the carved faces of mythical woodsprites. All four corners under the desktop boast full relief woodnymph faces. The center stretcher supports a line-up of urn like ballisters connected by gothic arches, and of course the real treat is the proud griffins supporting each corner!

Condition is fine, sturdy and original. The measurements are 30 1/2″ high, and the top is 57 1/2″ by 34″ at its outermost edges. The height from floor to bottom of the drawer is 24″. The very best of luck and make sure to check out our other unique auctions of Mission, Victorian and Early furniture!

Bidding ends on February 20th and it currently stands at $2025 with reserve not met. You can visit this listing here. I also like to follow this particular seller, North Wind Antiques, due to the consistent quality of their pieces. You can see the full listing of all their current items here.

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