Meeks Parlor Suite

Magnificent laminated rosewood Rococo Victorian six piece parlor suite attributed to Joseph Meeks, NYC.  It consists of four side chairs, an open arm gents chair and sofa.   The top crest features a bird head facing some open carved flowers on each side.  There are small clusters of grapes and leaves in the open carved band beneath the crest rail.  The crest rail itself is rope carved in the same manner as the Henry Ford, Stanton Hall and Hawkins patterns which gives me confidence in the Meeks attributions (see page 118 of American Furniture of the 19th Century 1840-1880 by Eileen and Richard Dubrow).  I have never had this pattern before and find it more refined and delicate that the other more common designs by Meeks.   The chair fronts are serpentine shaped with a carving in the middle and the cabriole legs have a carving at the top.  They were reupholstered by the previous owner. Most of the fabric is still in good condition.  There is a slight (hardly noticeable) tear where the fabric is attached in the right side of the sofa.   A most attractive suite by one of Americas premier furniture makers of the period!  Circa:  1860.  Dimensions:   Sofa: 50″H  x 66″L  .   Sidechairs: 39″H  x 18″W .   Armchair: 42″H  x 26″W.  Condition:  Original finish with a deep rich original patina.  There is some crustiness to the finish in some places.  Slight repair to crest of one of the sidechairs  (see photos at bottom).  Price:  $9,950 for the suite.   CLEARANCE SALE PRICE:   $5900 FOR THE SUITE!21319440[1] 21319441[1] 21319442[1] 21319443[1] 21319444[1] 21319445[1] 21319446[1] 21319447[1] 21319448[1] 21319449[1]065

Back of repaired crest

Back of repaired crest

Front of repaired crest

Front of repaired crest