Sometimes You Need To Imagine The End Result
I love it when labels are still intact on antique furniture and in this case, thanks to the Flomaton sale, Rare Victorian readers can now firmly identify this parlor set as being by Karpen Brothers Furniture when they encounter it in the future. Other sets like this have been attributed to R.J. Horner countless times.
Everyone, pause for a moment and say this with me 3 times: “Griffins aren’t always Horner”. “Griffins aren’t always Horner”. “Griffins aren’t always Horner”. I said it 2 more times for my own good measure.
This 3-piece set is getting a bit of a facelift as we approach the Flomaton sale and is without it’s final upholstery (they may leave that to you, not sure), but if you use your imagination, you’ll realize that it could look like the set below when it is finished. This particular parlor set below (attributed as R.J. Horner when it was selling) was up for sale from another seller last June and I think it was bid nearly as high as $10,000 but didn’t sell. I don’t have the exact figures, but that is what I recall.
This design is certainly one of my favorites by Karpen. I’m glad to now know with certainty that it is theirs. You can see more details at the listing.