Heavily Carved Dining Suite at Steven’s Auction

by John Werry on May 27, 2008

Oriel Cabinet Co. Manufactured This Not R.J. Horner

Taking a quick glance at this set, many Victorian antique collectors familiar with the turn-of-the-century gods of Renaissance carved furniture (Horner, Flint, etc.) would assume that this piece was by R.J. Horner. Fortunately this set is labeled and we can be sure that it was made by Oriel Cabinet Co. from Grand Rapids, MI. It was constructed in 1911 of Mahogany and demonstrates some of the best carving done in America at the time. In my mind, this is an important find since all furniture that resembles this style of furniture carving always gets labeled a Horner and the skill involved in these pieces rivals Horner’s best work.

In addition to this dining set, there will be many other famous-maker pieces, labeled and attributed, going up for auction by Meeks, Belter, Allen and Brother, Herter Brothers, and Mitchell & Rammelsberg. You can peruse the photos at the sale page here.

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LISE BOHM May 28, 2008 at 8:34 am

An ad posted by this company is pictured in the book Grand Rapids Furnture by Christian Carron. So funny, I saw the ad yesterday by accident.


RareVictorian May 30, 2008 at 12:49 am

You’re going to make me have to buy another book, aren’t you.


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