Lot 260    

Aesthetic Movement Bedroom Suite,
Summer Fine and Decorative Art Auction / June 6, 2009
Midwestern, ca 1870-1880. A fine Aesthetic Movement bedroom suite consisting of bed, armoire, dresser and washstand, in walnut and burled walnut veneers. Factory made and embellished with hand-carved features, probably made for a newly-wed couple. The crown on the bed, dresser and washstand is highly carved with a stylized row of fiddlehead ferns on the crest, flanked by pierced rinceau. The frieze is carved in compartments of realistic flowers, each different and each compartment separated by an angled wooden bands. The flowers are on either side of a bird's nest, carved with hovering birds. On the bed, two tiny eggs are visible within the nest, symbols of hopeful fecundity. Below the frieze is a central tablet, framed in a leaf-carved and stippled edge and flanked by an anchor (symbol of fidelity) on the right, and, on the left, a heart pierced by an arrow (signifying love struck).

Standing as brackets on the sides of the headboard are highly carved cranes, with arched necks, standing amid broad leaves and nettles. The lower section of the headboard has carved, stylized leaves and tablets of overlapping diamonds, an adaptation of Japanese motifs that influenced the Aesthetic Movement.

The dowel joints on the drawers of the case pieces confirm that the case pieces are factory made. As discussed by Carron in Grand Rapids Furniture, joining machines were patented in the 1860s and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and firms were using them in making both inexpensive and expensive pieces. Two Grand Rapids firms, Berkey & Gay and Nelson Matter & Co., used dowel joints, as did others. Carron notes that Berkey & Gay used this joinery on drawers sides, front and back, on expensive and moderately-priced pieces, but in the 1870s, some expensive Berkey & Gay pieces were showing hand-cut dove tails with scribe lines.

The bed has no marks or labels; 96" high x 65" wide x 86.5" long. The armoire; 97.5" high x 60" x 25" deep. The dresser has a bowed marble top over a center drawer, the interior fitted with two lidded compartments; 97" high x 60" wide x 22.5" deep. The washstand with marble backsplash and top; 87" high x 41" wide x 22.25" deep.


Condition:  
Minor chips to veneer.
Armoire: Some water damage to side and back of case. Stile between doors is replaced.
Dresser: One bird is broken from nest.
Wash Stand: One carved bird broken from nest.
Sold: $38,775.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

Ford 1923 Model T Touring Sedan,
Lot # 267 - Ford 1923 Model T Touring Sedan,
Vehicle #E6704916. The wooden firewall makes this an early M1923. In original condition with a solid body and chassis, in black paint with complete engine and wooden-spoke wheels, and a spare tire and rim mounted in rear. With older historic Ohio license plate. > Item Details
Heroic Equestrian Bronze after Nicholas Coustou,
Interior Scene by A. Robert,
Lot # 386 - Interior Scene by A. Robert,
oil on canvas, signed in the lower right and depicting a nicely furnished music room; 24" high x 31" wide (sight). > Item Details
Coin Silver Punch Ladle, Scoop, Tongs & Demitasse Spoons
Lot # 247 - Coin Silver Punch Ladle, Scoop, Tongs & Demitasse Spoons
21 pieces. Includes a bright cut gold washed punch ladle, scoop, and ice tongs, 13", 8.5" and 8.75" long; together with 18 demitasse spoons, some gold washed; 4.5" long. All struck for Hall, Hewson & Brower (1846-52) and S.D. Brower & Son, (Albany, New York, w. 1832-36 and 37-59). Ladle is 13" long... > Item Details
Handel
Lot # 338 - Handel "Leaf" Leaded Glass Table Lamp,
American, ca 1905-10. Conical 24.5" shade of green slag glass, supported by a marked HANDEL five-light complimentary base. Original Hubbell sockets and pull chains; 30.5" overall height. > Item Details
Classical Gilt Overmantel Mirror,
Lot # 109 - Classical Gilt Overmantel Mirror,
ca 1890-1910, poplar and other secondary woods. Classical overmantle mirror in giltwood with paired cluster column decoration, three-panel glazed plates; 24.5" high x 61.75" long. > Item Details
Masonic Kerchief with Song Lyrics to Tune
Lot # 30 - Masonic Kerchief with Song Lyrics to Tune "Attic Fire",
American, ca 1817, numerous printed emblems in red on natural linen. For a similar piece see, Collins, Threads of History, page 70, fig.53. Housed in a modern black frame; 21" high x 23" wide (sight). > Item Details
Victorian Papier Maché Firescreen,
Lot # 427 - Victorian Papier Maché Firescreen,
English, ca 1830s. The adjustable gilt bordered papier maché screen is on a pole with twist-carved base over giltwood snake feet; 53" high x 19" wide (at base). > Item Details
<i>Portland Headlights</i> by C. Doss, 1932,
Lot # 488 - Portland Headlights by C. Doss, 1932,
a fine and naive seascape, titled in center Portland Headlights, and signed in the lower left; 18.5" high x 24" wide (sight). > Item Details
Decorated and Figural Side Chairs,
Lot # 50 - Decorated and Figural Side Chairs,
American, 19th century. A group of three, one painted and stenciled "balloon-back", ca 1830s; 17.50" seat height, 32.5" overall height; with one Empire side chair in figural maple with carved slat, possibly Albany, New York, ca 1800-1815, 16" seat height, 31.5" overall height; and one Fancy Hitchcoc... > Item Details
Portrait of a Girl in a Red Dress,
Lot # 116 - Portrait of a Girl in a Red Dress,
American, possibly New York, ca 1840, oil on canvas, unsigned. A young woman in a red dress stands on a balcony with mountainous terrain in the background. Provenance suggests the location is the Catskill Mountains of New York. In a likely original gilt frame; 48.5" high x 26.25" wide (sight). > Item Details
Odd Fellows Serpent Staff Emblem,
Lot # 33 - Odd Fellows Serpent Staff Emblem,
American, ca 1900. Carved and painted wooden emblem of the Independent Order of Odd Fellowship (IOOF); 63" long. > Item Details
Marine Scene, Monogrammed,
Lot # 186 - Marine Scene, Monogrammed,
American, 19th century, oil on canvas, depicting a vessel caught against a rocky coast, indistinctly monogrammed in lower right center. Housed in a gilt and gesso frame, and with patented stretcher clamps; 12" high x 20" wide (sight). > Item Details
Georgian-style Bookcase,
Lot # 201 - Georgian-style Bookcase,
English, ca 1890-1910, with pierced and scrolled pediment, blind fretwork on stiles and rails, astragal glazed doors over two paneled doors, all rising on carved French bracket feet; 102" high x 55" wide x 21" deep. > Item Details
Gainsborough (after) Portrait Miniature on Ivory,
Lot # 210 - Gainsborough (after) Portrait Miniature on Ivory,
Continental, late 19th century, signed but illegible. A portrait miniature after Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) of Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan; painted in 1785-86. Housed in a period, wood with ivory inlay frame; 3.50" high x 2.75" wide (sight). > Item Details
Book Form Gum Box,
Lot # 134 - Book Form Gum Box,
American, ca 1900. A hand carved wood gum box in original paint. A book form with slide lid at each end. Folky relief carvings include a hand holding pine branch, and potted pine tree. Motifs and colors indicate that this was likely made for Christmas; 5" high x 3" wide x 1.5" deep. > Item Details
Cincinnati Classical Secretary Bookcase
Lot # 160 - Cincinnati Classical Secretary Bookcase
possibly the shop of Luman Watson, ca 1815-1820. Carved mahogany secretary bookcase, with peaked pediment cornice above a cove molded frieze, a pair of glazed doors flanked by columns with acanthus leaf capitols. The frieze drawer on the case is with a fitted interior and flanked by carved rosettes,... > Item Details
British Marine Scene,
Lot # 183 - British Marine Scene,
English, 19th century, oil on canvas, a large composition depicting a distressed sailing vessel in rough waters, illegible signature lower right; 24" high x 36" wide (sight). > Item Details
Regency Caned Footstool,
Lot # 279 - Regency Caned Footstool,
ca 1850, mahogany. Regency footstool with a caned seat, in the form of a miniature settee; 14" high x 22" wide x 8" deep. > Item Details
Pair of Arabic Paintings,
Lot # 465 - Pair of Arabic Paintings,
early 20th century, a pair of paintings, each oil on wood panel, gifted by Tenente Giorgio Ferrante to Maj. Mitchell, unsigned; 9.5" high x 9.5". > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: