Decorative Inlay and Carving Featured at Kamelot Auction
By Susan Mellish
PHILADELPHIA – Close to 800 lots of Philadelphia architectural antiques and Victoriana made up the November 21 event held by Kamelot Auctions as they offered up a smorgasbord of furniture, lighting, art and rugs.
Victorian furniture and decorative items sold well with a pair of Victorian carved walnut cue racks of tripartite design bringing $3,200. Prices do not include 20 percent buyer’s premium. These circa 1890 racks had two outer mirrors mounted with gargoyle faces with bronze stick holders protruding from their mouths. The top and bottom of each rack were mounted with broken arch crests and north wind faces. Each rack measured 84” W x 10” D.
An American Victorian inlaid walnut center table in the Renaissance Revival style sold well when it made $6,000. This circa 1870 piece had wonderful inlay work throughout, a center medallion on the table’s skirt and a strong stretcher base which also featured two medallions. The inlay design on the table’s top featured a foliate design including a central flower ring.
A bid of $4,600 was needed to win a rare American walnut griffin fireplace mantel attributed to Daniel Pabst of Philadelphia. This circa 1875 mantel featured an open mouth griffin head which tapered into an acanthus carved corbel. This then supported a relief carved frieze of leather capped with a mantel shelf having a curved edge. The mantel’s opening was 36” x 40.5.”
Little description was given for a Victorian inlaid and ebonized credenza, but that didn’t stop it from reaching $4,000. Thought to be in the manner of Herter Brothers examples, this circa 1865 credenza did sport the letter “H” stamped on the lock of the central door (Note from John: the inlay on the drawer looks more Philadelphia to me than New York and the sale happens to have been in Philly).
Over the top would be a fair assessment of the amount of carving decorating an oak bookcase that sold for $3,200. Having three glass doors flanked by free-standing barley twist columns with open tiered shelving on top, this circa 1880 bookcase’s base consisted of a storage compartment made up of five doors with each displaying heavily carved images of game animals. The bookcase measured 101.75” H x 137” W x 26” D.
Four pieces of decorative Victorian items came in at the $3,000 mark. Included in this list are
- Victorian walnut dining table with large molded top and carved apron over a full-bodied winged griffin base, circa 1890. Selling with two 20.5” leaves. Measuring 30.5”H. x 62” W.
- Victorian carved mirror having a large carved dog head, circa 1890, 87” H x 46” W.
- American Victorian carved oak bookcase with shaped cornice over leaded and faceted glass doors. The doors were flanked by turned columns with ornate capitals; raised paw feet, 64” H. x 72.5” W x 18” D.
- Victorian Continental carved walnut bookcase with extensive carved animal mounts. Having two carved putti holding draping swags framing the glass front doors, flanked by figural and foliate decorated columns. Raised base with two drawers. Measuring 97” H. x 62” W. x 21” D.