Victorian Furniture Highlighted in Cowan’s June 6, 2009 Fine and Decorative Art Auction

by John Werry on May 26, 2009


Cowan’s is preparing for a solid auction of Fine and Decorative Art on June 6th, where they are emphasizing 19th-century furniture and other decorative arts.

Along with elaborate newel post electroliers, a Tiffany lamp, Meeks side chairs, and Rococo and Renaissance Revival pieces, the sale features a ca 1870-1880 Midwestern Aesthetic Movement bedroom suite consisting of bed, armoire, dresser and washstand.  Apparently a specially commissioned  suite, the corpus of the furniture is factory-made, evidenced by the dowel joints on the drawers, but the exsquisite nature-inspired embellishments are hand-carved.

Though the attribution isn’t known, Cowan’s specialists are certain that the suite is Midwestern, and possibly Berkey and Gay, a Grand Rapids, Michigan firm.

Also featured is a Neo-Grec parlor suite, ca 1875-1880, with marquetry inlay.  The suite consists of five pieces, including a sofa, an armchair, and three side chairs.

A full catalogue is available online at Cowan’s website.

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Jayne Lockard September 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I have a flip top side table bearing the Cowan lable. This a plain-no carvings or curled lines,- round, three legged mohagany table. I would like to know its origin and $value. Could you please direct me to a website that might include this piece.


John Werry September 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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