Rare Victorian Forum – An International Community
This week, a new poster took the forum by storm with some great information about a variety of subjects. Canadian Maple (CM) seems to have an endless supply of catalog and photographic reference material, which he’s happily sharing with us here at Rare Victorian.
Here’s CM’s take on anakin48’s spool tables in which he provides an 1858 catalog image that is a dead ringer for the overall design of the poster’s table. CM goes on to explain the history of the spool design, it’s use in the home, construction, and general time period for this style of furniture.
MissouriVictorian’s sideboard is identified as being of possible English origin and CM goes on to describe several elements of furniture design that can tell one if a piece was made in England vs. America.
Canadian Maple is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and as further proof that Rare Victorian is truly an International community of Victorian fans, GraemeH from Sydney, Australia posted pictures of a jardiniere stand that was their first antique purchased with their first paycheck nearly 40 years ago. Each of the legs on this stand ends in a beautifully carved griffin! Canadian Maple has compared the stand’s design to a similar design exhibited at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and has provided images from the exhibition catalog as comparison.
Lastly, mfranks1967 is looking for some information on this parlor chair. It is doubtful that we’ll ever know who made the chair, but it appears to be early 20th century Louis XV bergère. Carved cherubs on either side of the back make this chair stand out from other similar chairs of the period.