This is a beautiful inlaid mahogany dining room set, complete with table, two leaves, six chairs, sideboard, server and china cabinet made by the famous fine furniture Company, Potthast Brothers in circa 1925.
Few advertisers live up to their promises but Potthast Brothers of Baltimore Maryland created a prophetic slogan that has been kept. This late 1800’s fine reproduction furniture company founded by four brothers of German descent put quality and craftsmanship first, and their catch phrase, “The True Antiques of Tomorrow” has been fulfilled, as works by Potthast are now highly collectible, with many reaching the age of true antiques.
Here we see a characteristic attention to period detail and great quality, unrivaled in this circa 1925 dining room set.
Fine genuine mahogany was carefully selected and kiln dried in the Baltimore workshop, located on Howard Street– now the site of the famous Antique Row, as was the selected tulip poplar and oak used in the inlay.
The patera and bellefleur inlay are beautifully articulated, and the fans and line inlay in each piece are in reference to early 18th century masters. We see a great attention to genuine marquetry work, which could only be produced by hand in small workshops.
Indeed, Potthast stood out from their competitors in Chicago and Grand Rapids, who employed hundreds of workers and used mass mechanization to produce furniture for the mail-order giants of the day: Sears Roebuck and Montgomery ward. Potthast stayed as a small and custom workshop, and each piece was individually made.
Adapting design details from period pieces, the Potthast brothers nonetheless altered traditional designs to make them more adaptable for contemporary homes. This table design for instance was inspired by two end tables, placed back to back. It’s wider 46 inch design suited the size and shape of the early 1920’s dining room, and the leaf extensions made entertaining more convenient.
Hand dovetailed joints, full paneled backs and glazed glass also separates Potthast from other makers. Indeed, this type of craftsmanship takes time, materials and considerable skill to produce.
Today, the work of the Potthast Brothers lives on, as many of the firm’s works are on display at the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institute. After much restoration work, We are proud to display and offer this heirloom quality antique dining room set made by the Potthast Brothers. We offer the complete 10 piece dining room set for $7790.
Discover this and other fine pieces on our website www.eBohemians.com or at our shop, located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
11068 Buchanan Trail East
Waynesboro, PA 17268