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

by John Werry on May 26, 2009

aestheticsuite1 Victorian Furniture Highlighted in Cowan’s June 6, 2009 Fine and Decorative Art Auction

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.

article source: Cowan’s Auction.

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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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