R.J. Horner & Co.
R.J. Horner & Co. made some of the most sought-after pieces of furniture in the antique market. They are known for their exceptional wood quality and construction, as well as their beautiful and distinctive carved elements. The stunning presence of an R.J. Horner piece can transform any space, which makes them desirable to antique buyers and decorators around the world.
At Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, we specialize in antique furniture sales at auction, and we are a popular choice for R.J. Horner consignment.
History of R.J. Horner Furniture
Robert J. Horner established his retail furniture company, R.J. Horner & Co., in 1886 in lower Manhattan with the goal of selling his furniture to a large market of buyers.
He marketed his pieces to both the wealthy and working class. While many of Horner’s contemporaries limited their marketing radius to their immediate area, Horner made his name and furniture known along the East Coast and even into the Midwest. Because Horner understood that people of all locations and financial means want quality furniture, he capitalized on a broader market.
Horner earned a reputation as a top-notch furniture maker of his time with precisely, beautifully and distinctly carved pieces. He retired in 1915 after merging with a neighboring furniture manufacturer, George C. Flint.
Popularity of R.J. Horner Furniture
R.J. Horner furniture is popular for its sophisticated style and expert construction. These pieces’ notable characteristics include:
Exceptional quality: R.J. Horner furniture was made from only the highest quality materials, most pieces are crafted from oak and mahogany, which are extremely durable and attractive types of wood.
Details: The furniture has intricately carved details with popular motifs of winged griffins, maidens and other ornate imagery that give the pieces a sense of classical grandiosity.
Value: Because of the craftsmanship and quality of the wood, R.J. Horner furniture pieces are very valuable in the antique furniture market.
Types of R.J. Horner Furniture
R.J. Horner produced many different types of furniture and items, including:
- Dining room sets
- Partners desks
- China cabinets
- Hall trees
- Parlor sets
At Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, we have sold all types of R.J. Horner furniture pieces at auction, from 10-foot-tall clocks and carved bookcases to complete dining room sets. Browse our past auctions to see the types of R.J. Horner furniture we have sold and their realized prices. If you’re interested in selling R.J. Horner antique furniture, we can help you reach your item’s full sales potential.
Below Are Examples of R.J. Horner Furniture Sold at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery:
Sold for $27,225
This R.J. Horner figural carved oak hall bench has a large pierced carved crest with a center medallion that is flanked by winged maidens and winged griffins surrounded by ornate filigree. Overhanging is a cornice top with beveled mirror and large figural rattail maidens on either side. The base has figural winged griffin supports under the arms with lift top seat, carved front and back panel with an oval medallion with putti, figural griffins and swirling filigree.
R.J. Horner Mahogany Grandfather Clock
Sold for $106,900
This R.J. Horner mahogany grandfather clock has full detailed female figures, winged griffins, pierced carved maiden crests, and a nine tube Elliot three-weight movement. This model is considered the finest of American carved tall case clocks. It is in mint original finish and stands at 10 feet tall.
Value of R.J. Horner Furniture
Are you wondering what the value of you R.J. Horner piece might be? The answer depends on several different factors, including:
Rarity: Factors that make a piece of antique furniture rare include how many like it were originally made and how many are currently available
Aesthetics: Aesthetically pleasing furniture, such as pieces from R.J. Horner, feature precise craftsmanship. All the design and details work together to create a harmonious and balanced look.
Desirability: Desirability is often related to the maker or the type of piece. R.J. Horner items are typically very desirable in antique furniture auctions, but success may also depend on market trends at the time of sale.
Authenticity: Authenticity is a major factor that determines the value of a piece of antique furniture. Authentic R.J. Horner pieces will sometimes have a plaque or paper label with the name “R.J. Horner & Co.” on it, but not always. If you know the piece’s provenance, you will be better able to establish its authenticity.
Condition: Antique furniture that is in original condition will command the most value. This means furniture that has all its original elements and has been relatively unused is especially desirable. It must also be in good shape — free from losses and other blemishes.
R.J. Horner furniture valuation depends largely on the furniture’s condition and authenticity. While some online research may help you get an idea of what your R.J. Horner furniture is worth, the best way to receive an accurate valuation is to have it appraised by a specialist at an antique auction house such as Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
R.J. Horner Furniture Consignment with Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
If you want to sell your R.J. Horner dining room set, grandfather clock or other type of furniture, consignment with Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is an exceptional choice. We have more than 50 years of experience working with antique buyers and sellers from all over the world, and we have extensive market knowledge that will help you realize the most value for your items.
Antique consignors choose us for our:
Global audience: Our live auctions are accessible to people around the globe, and we make bidding easy with in-person, phone, online and absentee bidding options so we can draw the largest audiences possible.
One flat rate: Unlike other auction houses that charge numerous fees for transportation, insurance, photography and other services, we charge one flat rate with no hidden fees.
Marketing: We begin advertising for our auctions far in advance to reach as many people as possible and give them sufficient notice.
Customer service: Our specialists walk you through each step of the process, from your R.J. Horner furniture appraisal to consignment and sale. We assist you however we can, including services such as transporting your antique furniture items safely to our gallery upon consignment.
We also offer free evaluations done by our specialists who have expert knowledge of R.J. Horner furniture. You can schedule an in-person evaluation, email us information and photos, or complete our auction estimate form to receive your appraisal.
If you have any questions about your R.J. Horner furniture or would like more information about our consignment services, contact us today and we will be happy to help.