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Grand View And Jenack Auctions Results

Belter Fountain Elms Chair Grand View And Jenack Auctions Results

Grand View Antiques & Auctions presented a wonderful collection of more than 400 period and Victorian items from estates in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania at their September 12 sale held at the North Georgia Event Center, Dawsonville, GA.

Horner dining set Grand View And Jenack Auctions Results

The top Victorian furniture lot of the sale was the 16-piece Horner style mahogany dining room suite carved to recreate that RJ Horner look. Having pierced carved crests, griffons, lions’ heads, Atlas figures and acanthus leaf carving, the suite was stunning. The sideboard measured 89”h x 70” w by 26”d; the china cabinet was 96”h, 60”w and 21”d; the server measured 62”h x 49”h x 26”d and the dining table was 144”l x 61”w and 32½” h. The suite made $19,000. Prices do not include the 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Selling for $17,000 was the American Victorian walnut four-piece queen size half tester bedroom suite consisting of the bed (with a 117” high back), marble top dresser and washstand. All pieces in the suite sported heavily carved crests.

half tester bedroom Grand View And Jenack Auctions Results

A bid of $13,000 was needed to win the laminated rosewood Victorian étagère attributed to J & J Meeks. This circa 1850 piece stood 103” high and had a carved and domed bonnet top and a mirrored back above a richly carved base with cabriole legs.

An exceptional American Victorian walnut gothic bookcase decorated with a raised and carved crest brought $10,000. Constructed of three doors each with a gothic arched shape banked by full standing columns, this circa 1870 bookcase still retained its excellent original condition. The bookcase measured 110”h x 82”w x 21”d.


A circa 1850 Victorian mahogany executive roll top desk which had a three door top wearing a bronze mount above a pull-out leather top writing surface and cabinet base made $5,100, and a fabulous Renaissance Revival hall tree having a heavily carved crest above raised burl walnut panels flanking a mirrored back made $3,250. This circa 1860 hall tree wore its original finish and its base had umbrella stands and a leather top seat.

William J. Jenack, Estate Appraisers & Auctioneers of Chester, NY, hosted their most recent event Sunday, September 22 offering three 19th century Belter chairs. The top lot of the mix was the John Henry Belter beautifully carved and laminated rosewood five-layer slipper chair that measured 38½” high. This chair wore cream upholstery which was decorated in a brown and rose colored floral design. The chair made $4,400.

Prices do not include the 15 percent buyer’s premium

[Editors note: This chair was in the Fountain Elms pattern]


A smaller (37¾” h) Belter five-layer slipper chair which had an old repair stopped at $2,100. This example was not as heavily carved and had more open work in its design, though both chairs wore the same upholstery.

The final Belter chairs offered for sale by Jenack this day was a pair of carved and laminated rosewood five-layer side chairs measuring 37” high. Having nice wide backs and wearing pink upholstery, the pair sold together for $1,600.

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  • stever - October 4, 2009

    How come the horner mahogany set went so cheaply?
    This seems like a steal to me.

  • woodwright - October 5, 2009

    I agree w/ Stever – I would have expected the set to bring close to double what it went for.

  • AP - October 5, 2009

    Read the description again, in particular the part that says “16-piece Horner STYLE mahogany dining room suite carved to RECREATE that RJ Horner look.” The description posted by the auction site made it clear that this set was not even antique, let alone Horner.

  • stever - October 5, 2009

    Now that makes more sense! I saw a oak
    Horner set over this last weekend in California
    for 78k which although high seems more in-line
    with the quality one is getting. The seller also had
    a pair of oak pedestals which were outrageous
    in terms of carving. I am not much of a Horner
    lover although I appreciate the carved details.
    It seems though that oak Horner items generally carry
    a higher price then mahogany which frankly, perplexes me
    as oak is an inferior wood(opinion).

  • woodwright - October 6, 2009

    Ah – Ha! That would explain it. I admit – I did not read the description. I just saw the picture and assumed it was the real deal – by Horner. Still, all in all – it’s a good looking set and it looks like it’s well done – I much prefer Mahogany to Oak. I’ve seen so much Oak in my life, I’m just bored with it – it is probably the most common furniture wood. I am a cabinetmaker – and I sure as hell wouldn’t make that set for 19k – probably around 2k of material alone if it’s a quality Mahogany.
    Although up close it might tell a different story. It could be made in Indonesia where much of the Mahogany reproduction furntiure is made and imported from today (and wages and the cost of living do not compare with costs here in the US either). Most of that is poorly made – poor structural & joint quality and mediocre or poor quality carving when viewed up close. Certainly not investment grade furniture. woodwright

  • Nevin - October 14, 2009

    Those sets were fairly well made/ordered…just as back in “the day” quality depended on what a manufacturer put in as far as design, wood, craftsmen. Same is true today even in Indo. If you order the good quality, you can get good quality…if you do not want to pay and order cheap, you get… As you mentioned woodright, most Indo is poor quality.
    Here in Alabama you can get old growth hard southern pine which makes as great a cabinetwood as was ever available or you can get the modern hybrid pines that have one inch growth rings-wood designed for quick production pulp for paper…do not use for furniture…it twists as soon as it is cut.
    In the 70’s we sold some great new chairs…quality Chippendale copies, then someone came up with the 25.95 knockoffs, that twisted as soon as they entered the US or your house…they were both “mahogany”and the same pattern…one at 1000.00+ retail…the other a bargain at no price.
    All furniture…new, old or indifferent has to be considered individually with quality worth exponentially more.

  • John Werry - October 15, 2009

    It appears that Antiquarian Traders is the source of the dining set copies. Fortunately, they are making it clear each time they sell it that it is a replica. But who knows when they are resold again…


  • woodwright - October 16, 2009

    I saw the listing from Antiquarian Traders Said: Opening bid $52,500 – seems like a lot for a copy – although if well made, there is a lot of work (and materials) in a set like this. The listing also said: “Country of origin: USA”. That surpirsed me, considering the labor cost of American made products (and probably has an affect on the opening bid price). Although the quality of USA made is generally better too. Many foriegn made knock offs have little or no quality control – much of it it is extremely poor quality. I’d like to see one of these sets in person up close and see how well it really is made.
    I also agree w/ Nevin regarding quality. Price is soon forgotten, but quality will live on forever and endure – it will also maintain it’s value or appreciate. Poor quality will depreciate and eventually probably be thrown away. woodwright

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