Rare Victorian - Allen and Brother Credenza

Allen and Brother Credenza

AllenandBrother 7026201 Allen and Brother Credenza

AllenandBrother 702620 Allen and Brother CredenzaSomedays I wonder if the top 5 favorite Victorian cabinet makers list that my subconscious maintains without my permission (I try not to play favorites) would be topped by Allen and Brother. This credenza surely stands near the top of my favorites list as it has all the juicy goodies such as the bronze plaque with female figure, beautiful burl treatments, ebonizing, and Egyptian Revival winged Sphinxes.

If you’d like to learn more about Allen and Brothers, you can read this article from Page Talbott, taken from the May 1996 issues of The Magazine Antiques. I just grabbed an original copy of this issue for $2.00 on Ebay since the web version does not include the images.

Bidding on the credenza will begin at $25,000 with expected range of $50,000 to $75,000. It will be sold on October 13th.

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  • Ian Berke - November 15, 2007

    Love at first sight: 15 years ago. Saw this at Steven’s Antiques, Paoli, Penn, and spent an hour examining it. Great looking, but convinced that it had been substantially altered. Many screw holes in wood members underneath the marble top which were inexplicable. Also suspicious that the marble top, and definitely the side panels, are not original. Probably the buyer ($48K) was an absentee bidder who did not personally examine the cabinet. But that said, a great looking cabinet, and I still love it. Ciao, Ian Berke

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