H.B. Mudge Furniture Co. Rococo Revival Bedroom Suite
American (Cincinnati, Ohio), 19th century. A four-piece Rococo Revival bedroom suite in walnut with burled panels, retaining an old if not original finish, attributed to the H.B. Mudge Furniture Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, consisting of a bedstead, a mirror-back dresser, a washstand, and a bedside commode. The bedstead having an elaborately carved and pierced C-scroll crest above an arched and paneled headboard, supported by well-proportioned quadrangular posts with reeded finials, the paneled footboard featuring a central cabochon cartouche and applied foliate carvings, all connected by shaped rails. The dresser with a matching carved and pierced crest above a central arched mirror, flanked by candle shelves and glove boxes, over a shaped white marble top and a conforming case with paneled sides and three dovetailed drawers, with a slipper drawer below, all flanked by canted corners with leaf-carved ornaments and rising on ovolo molded feet ending in casters. The washstand and commode having white marble tops and shaped, rear galleries; bedstead ht. 108, wd. 66.5, dp. 86 in.
Founded in 1837, the H.B. Mudge Furniture Company occupied a six story building on West Second Street in Cincinnati, where it produced a variety of household furniture. According to the 1879 edition of Kenny's Illustrated Cincinnati, the factory was "one of the most complete in the city" and used "only the best seasoned lumber," even exhibiting a set of bedroom furniture at the Ninth Cincinnati Industrial Exhibition held September 7 through October 8, 1881. It is conceivable that the bedroom suite offered for sale here& was the same one displayed at the exhibition or, at least, a prized example, due to the fact that it was so well preserved by the Mudge family. Other well-known furniture companies displaying their wares at the exhibition included Robert Mitchell Furniture Co., Meader Furniture Company, and Wooten Desk Manufacturing Company.
Provenance: By descent to the great great nephew of William C. Mudge (American, 1840-1906), the Manager and Agent for the H.B. Mudge Furniture Company.
Minor surface wear and imperfections as would be expected with age and use, including some small nicks and chips, some alligatoring to finish, and some surface mildew. Some small veneer and molding repairs.