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Victorian Aesthetic Movement Mahogany or Rosewood Parlor Set with Carved Dolphins, I.R. Comb Casters, ca 1880s

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    Posted 4 years ago

    aesthete1880
    (29 items)

    We purchased this three piece carved mahogany or rosewood parlor set a while back because we liked the Japanese inspired dolphins (or possibly Asiatic dragons). The set includes a settee, a lady's chair, and a gentleman's chair. All three pieces feature the dolphin motif with elongated tongues and hairy paw feet equipped with India Rubber casters (marked I.R. Comb Co., Goodyear, 1851). These casters were frequently used by well-known East Coast furniture makers, Herter Brothers among others (source below). Our eventual goal is to have the set restored and reupholstered in a more appropriate fabric.

    As far as we can tell, none of the pieces are marked and would appreciate any thoughts regarding who might have made them.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 years ago
      Gorgeous Victorian pieces, the dolphin carvings are terrific
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      WoW !!!
    3. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 4 years ago
      Thanks Newfld! Thanks vetraio50!
    4. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      wow fabilus do have malachite glass dolphin candle sticks but to have a dolphin throne !!!!!!!!!!!
      all the very best malkey
      1412
    5. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 4 years ago
      Thanks, Malkey! Linking to the impressive candlesticks: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/218231-george-davidson-malachite-glass-candlest#comment-1283076
    6. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 4 years ago
      For information on India Rubber (I.R. Comb Co.) casters, see: Herter Brothers: Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age, p. 123.

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