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Renaissance Revival, Civil War Era, Victorian Floral Tapestry Living Room/Parlor Sofa Set:


This elegant Renaissance Revival living room/parlor set is attributed to the master American cabinet maker and craftsman, John Jelliff. This is one of his most highly carved and sought after suites.

The Neo-Classical suite was custom-designed in the 1860's by Jelliff for high society in New York and New Jersey. The suite is hand-carved and made from the finest walnut with burl walnut inlay. The famous "Jenny Lind" crest adorns the top of the sofa and each of the three chairs (see photo #4). A male warrior's head rests comfortably below each sofa arm (see photo #3). Other motifs include: horseshoes (for good luck), hearts, and acanthus leaves (see photo #5).

It takes over 100 years to develop this reddish hue in American Walnut, resulting in a very rare early Americana treasure.

MEASUREMENTS: The sofa measures 6'W x 4' H. Each chair measures 24"W x 38"H x 20"D.


The suite has some minor flaws, but is in good condition commensurate with its age. It is completely functional, as well as extraordinarily beautiful.

The furniture has been reupholstered in high-quality, floral tapestry fabric, and the frames rebuilt and restored.

HISTORY: This suite was purchased from a family-owned shop in the antique district of Orange, located in Southern California. The shop owner's great grandmother was the original owner of the suite. The shop owner never used this suite herself, but had it covered and stored in her Victorian house for over 30 years. The suite has been living in our smoke-free, animal-free, bug-free home in Forest Grove, Oregon for the past 11 years.

About John Jelliff:

John Jelliff of Newark, New Jersey was one of the more popular craftsmen of Renaissance Revival furniture. His parlor sets featured carved heads on the arms and crests. The Renaissance Revival period reached its zenith at the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876
where many of the foremost furniture makers of the period, including Jelliff, exhibited their proudest accomplishments.

About Renaissance Revival (1860-1880):

Attributes of the Renaissance style are turned and fluted legs, raised or inset burled panels,and heavily carved finials and crests. Many pieces are further decorated by black and gold incising, marquetry inlay, and bronze or brass mounts.

Although most of the furniture was hand-carved from walnut, mahogany, chestnut, and rosewood were also frequently used.

SHIPPING: It can be picked up by you or a shipper. If you provide me with your zip or country code, I will assist you with a quote for box, blanket wrap, or crate shipping. Please note the .01 shipping is only there because I am required to post something.
Obviously, the shipping is NOT .01, and will be determined by your location.

Please review my entire shipping policy at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OldeTymeTreasures/policy

The elegance of a bygone era may be clearly seen in the photographs. This suite is similar to the one in the Newark Museum. I highly recommend that you view this awesome suite in person, if at all possible.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Will not ship to California.

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Renaissance Revival, Civil War Era, Victorian Floral Tapestry, Upholstered Sofa and Chairs, Living Room/Parlor Set


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: walnut, walnut burl, casters, floral tapestry fabric, carved wood
  • Only ships within United States.
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