Victorian Renaissance Revival Towel Rack

by John Werry on December 17, 2008


I try to avoid making my 1887 Victorian home a clutter-fest with all sorts of Victoriana dripping off of the walls and table surfaces.  I have a bare minimum of art and some period statues, candelabras, Victorian wall shelves, clocks and that’s about it.

I’m trying to avoid the grandma-effect – that sense when you walk into a home that grandma decorated.  Some of my friends would probably look at my home decorated 95% in Victorian and say that I’ve already lost that battle.

One item I have been searching for for some time was a decent towel rack for the first floor powder room.  I could put up a brass one, but there’s no way I was going to put a modern Home Depot one in there.  I ran into the one above a few weeks ago and considered my search over.

I had to take it off the market before someone bought it and declared it having been done by John Jelliff due to the female bust in the crest.

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Joe December 17, 2008 at 9:22 am

Nice find. Where did you locate it?


RareVictorian December 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

I found it at a local antique shop in Chadds Ford, PA. She has a knack for finding these racks and Ren Revi and Eastlake mirrors.


zeke December 18, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Thats a nice one John, most are rather plain and just scroll cut walnut. The broken pediment, burl and Jenny Lind head add a great deal of elegance to it. Is the center panel needlework, its very cool! It would go great with this mirror I have in the bedroom:

Oh and c’mon, if you want authentic Victorian clutter is a must! Our house looks like the Adams Family’s on a bad day.


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