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The lot features and original authentic set of five Rococo Finely Carved dining room chairs manufactured by R.J. Horner & Company of New York. The chairs show exquisite solid carvings with a supple blue felt upholstery to accent the dark stained wood. The chairs are manufacture of desirable quarter sawn oak and show an unusual dark rich finish. The two front legs and stiles of the chair backs show a wonderful barley twist design and are capped with beautiful finials. The chairs have some of the most unique and detailed carvings of most if not all 19th Century quarter sawn oak chairs of the time. In 1886, Robert J. Horner established his business at 61-65 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, New York. One of the defining features of his business plan was to offer both wealthy New York city affluent buyers a high-end furniture option, but also to offer medium class individuals quality furniture as well. Due to the economical down turn of the 1893 Financial Panic Horner eventually merged with George Flint’s company to form the Horner and Flint Furniture company in 1915. This piece pre-dates the merger and was made during Horner’s premier manufacture era. The chairs are believed to originate from circa 1880-1890 and show very good condition for their age. The lot includes two armchairs measuring 24.5” W x 48” H and approximately 21” D. R.J. Horner & Co. pieces are extremely scarce and typically fetch a large price at public auction such as Fontaine’s Auction Gallery auctioning a piece for $80,000 at their 2011 sale, DuMouchelles selling a dining set for $80,000 at their 2008 sale, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery selling a set of dining chairs for $15,000 at their 2011 sale, and Neal Auction Company selling a set of dining chairs for $12,000 at their 2007 sale. R.J. Horner is considered one of the finest and most desired American furniture makers of the 19th Century, making these chairs a truly historic and important find.


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R.J. Horner & Co. Finely Carved Chairs c 1880-1890

Estimate $1,000 - $3,000Mar 3, 2018