Rare Victorian - Rosewood Center Table – Possibly Herter Brothers
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Rosewood Center Table – Possibly Herter Brothers

0149 1 lg 756546 Rosewood Center Table   Possibly Herter Brothers

0149 1 lg 756546 Rosewood Center Table   Possibly Herter BrothersDoes anyone besides me have an affliction for collecting Victorian parlor/center tables? I think it happens to the best of us for a variety of reasons:

  • Most furniture is huge (sofas, cabinets, dressers, beds….) and requires manpower and trucks to get it into your house. I can quickly dart away with a table by myself.
  • Victorian center tables are a focal point and many times are a decorative tour-de-force with intricate details, carvings, gilding, and incising that attracts the eye.
  • Aligning with point #1, I can get lots of these tables into my house due to the compact size. You almost don’t run out of room for them.

Up for auction is a great Neo-Grec center table attributed to Herter Brothers by the seller, Pook & Pook. We don’t have a picture of the top on this table, but the rest of it certainly is appealing to me. I would bet they are attributing the piece to Herter based on the urn/chalice on the stretcher but that is also a design element used by Pottier & Stymus. Either way this looks like a high-end New York piece and should perform well. I think the starting price of $200 is absurd as is the range of $400 – $800. Should I get a picture of the top, I will post it. More details and bidding can be found here.

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