Rare Victorian - Renaissance Revival Cabinet at Kamelot Auctions
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Renaissance Revival Cabinet at Kamelot Auctions

0543 4 lg 758271 Renaissance Revival Cabinet at Kamelot Auctions

0543 4 lg 758271 Renaissance Revival Cabinet at Kamelot AuctionsKamelot Auctions in Philadelphia will be selling this inlaid credenza on April 12th, but I imagine that their turnout will not be as strong this time around as they have timed their sale simultaneously with opening day of the Philadelphia Antiques Show.

As you can see from the image above, there is a carved female head figure affixed to this cabinet – and no, that doesn’t mean that it is made by John Jelliff (Kamelot also did not attribute it to any particular maker). I hope to do my part to dispel the myth that Jelliff produced everything that incorporated these carvings. As regular Rare Victorian readers are aware, the Ornamental Wood Company made this particular carving and it is #114, shown below from their 1874 catalog.

Any cabinetmaker could buy these component carvings in bulk and add them to their furniture. I would bet that Ornamental Wood is not the only company producing similar carvings, either. I’ll extend my plea once again to request anyone with information (company name, catalogs) on the suppliers for the carved arms which were added to Jelliff and M & H Schrenkeisen parlor furniture, please contact me.

Bidding will start at $3,000 and the expected range is $3,000 to $5,000. More images of the cabinet can be found here.

Ornamental Wood Company 114 779535 Renaissance Revival Cabinet at Kamelot Auctions

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  • Anonymous - April 10, 2008

    You’ll notice that most of the time these applied carvings are a different color (ebonized, gilded, or darker)than the furniture they are attached to. See the cabinet pictured, also if you go back to the original blog about them w/ the examples shown. They were probably not available in every species of wood Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry, Oak, Birch, etc. (too much to inventory) – so the the wood type may not match the furniture it is applied to (or it may even be composition – a commonly used material that is cast in molds. Found on many old picture frames, mantles, furniture, etc,) so it would not stain or color the same as the piece it is applied to, being a different species. Thus they are frequently and easily darkened to look like an accent detail. woodwright

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