Massive, ten-foot tall, American-made, carved oak parlor or entry seat. In the East Lake style, ornate, with scroll saw fret work, mirrors, finials, horn accents, and amazing detailed overlay. Adorned with 10 sets of matched steer horns, finished with red velvet where attached. Two sets of horns are cleverly turned to form the tops of the umbrella and cane holders on either side. A pair of horns also crowns the piece, in a horseshoe or crescent moon design. Hinged center storage seat; on wheels. Monumental in size, yet eloquent in execution. In the style made for Western cattle barons. 10 feet tall, by 6 feet wide, and 26 inches deep. Verbal history states the piece was obtained from the 1000 Islands of New York. Circa 1890s.
Although furniture made from the horns of steer, elk and deer is rooted in European tradition, it reached the height of its popularity in America in the late 19th century. Not only did one-of-a-kind items like this evoke the romanticism and pioneering spirit of the American West, they also employed innovative, exotic materials that were prized during the Aesthetic movement.
Lot 166, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.