Fabulous eleven piece oak and rosewood dining room suite made by Gustave Herter
(1830-1892) for the Oakwood estate of Henry Probasco in Cincinnati, OH. There
are ten chairs, including two arms and a 56″ diameter dining table with eight
original leaves (four large and four narrow) that extends to 164″. There is a
beveled edge to the table top. A very slight shrinkage gap between the two
halves has developed over the years when the top is closed. The skirt is
beautifully burled and features carved fleur de lis. The top is held up by a
massive carved split column in the middle and four fluted columns on each side.
A center leg is exposed for extra support when the base separates and the leaves
are installed. There are solid recessed brass castors on the base making the
table easy to maneuver. The chairs have a beautiful design with incised and
applied carvings and turned front legs. They have been recovered by a previous
owner and are very solid, heavy, sturdy, and useable. Herter made many of the
applied buttons and moldings on the table and chairs out of rosewood. The unique
and exquisite combination of the oak and rosewood is something we have never
seen before. We surmise that Probasco wanted all the furnishings of the house to
be made of oak and Herter used the rosewood to “dress” it up and add an artistic
elegance. Gustave Herter designed the interiors of the Oakwood in 1858. From
page 227 of “Herter Brothers, Furniture and Interiors of the Gilded Age” we
found this entry “Gustave appears to have supplied furniture for the house as
well as designs for the walls and woodwork. A more prolonged relationship
between the Herters and Probasco is suggested by an auction of Probasco’s estate
in 1899, which includes several items made and/or designed by Herter Brothers
and dated as late as 1868.” More information about the house can be seen at this
link Henry
Probasco House
Some of the furniture from Oakwood was inherited by Mrs. John

J. Rowe who was a Probasco. She sold many pieces of furniture with her home on
Carnargo Club Drive in Indian Hill in 1975. The furnishings remained in the home
of the buyers until they sold them to us. We have a notorized “Statement of
Authenticity” that we received from the seller which we will provide to the
buyer of this suite. The photo of the young boy came with it (see photo). “Henry
Probasco Jr Aged 4 1/2 yrs for Aunt Margie” is written on the back. Gustave
Herter is considered the finest designer of Renaissance Revival Victorian
furniture. This is a historically important suite in great condition made and
designed by the best cabinet maker of the period!    Circa:  1860
Dimensions table: 30″H x 56″Diameter (8 leaves opens to 164″)
Dimensions chairs: 37″H x 27″W (arm) 34″H x 20″W (sides)
Finish:   Probably refinished in the past but all pieces have an old patina.
The chairs have been reupholstered by the previous owner. The material is in good usable
condition.    Price: $32,500.00 for chairs and table.     SPECIAL SALE PRICE:  $26,500