I will be checking the results of the above attributed John Jelliff 4-piece parlor set after the July 12th Neal Auction sale is over. The 8-piece set that recently sold at Cowan’s drew a disappointing $2,600. Maybe there was a structural issue with one or more of the pieces as was mentioned in the forum or maybe it was something else. You might be interested to see a closed-arm version of this sofa here.
I’m wondering if the fact that it was 8-pieces vs. 4 or 6 was a deterrent in this particular case. I commend Cowan’s for keeping the large set together and not breaking it up across multiple lots. I would guess that not too many households have the space to accommodate a matching 8-piece set. I would have cleared out my Parlor of mismatched sofas, chairs, and sell the pool table to make room for a matching 8-piece set if I knew it was to be sold for $2,600.
There will be a few more data points for us as well coming up in the Neal sale. A sofa design that had previously sold for $5,750 alone at their December 2007 sale will also be coming up again and is pictured below. Pre-auction estimate is set at $1,500 to $2,500 and I don’t expect it to reach anywhere near the $5,750 of the prior sale due to a vast difference in upholstery quality.
And if that is not enough, there is yet another sofa which is part of a broken up suite (chairs & armchairs) attributed to Jelliff coming up in this sale (below) and a separate pair of armchairs. Last time Neal had such a flurry of Jelliff-attributed pieces, the sale saw very strong prices.
On a parting note, Jelliff afficianados might appreciate this sofa attributed to him from a 2005 sale that looks like what I would imagine a collaboration between Jelliff and George Hunzinger would produce. I don’t know if it truly is a Jelliff, but it is an interesting sofa nonetheless.