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Cheryl has long held a fascination and admiration for all manner of horned decor, from saloon-style mirrors to full on furniture, and this remarkable work of art by the legendary (unofficial) “Father of Horned Furniture”, Wenzel Friedrich, is a 19th Century American (Texas) Victorian pair of leather and steer horn chairs with matching ottoman. All pieces are upholstered in leather, and the ottoman retains original caster feet. It goes without saying that these are undeniable conversation-starters, but they are also coveted collector’s items that will only become more and more valued over time. A once-in-a-lifetime buy is an understatement.

FRIEDRICH, WENZEL (1827–1902). Wenzel Friedrich, horn furniture maker, was born in Grünthal, Bohemia, on July 2, 1827. In 1853 he emigrated, landed at Indianola, Texas, and settled in San Antonio. He soon established himself in cabinetmaking, a trade he had learned in Bohemia. He became a founding member of San Antonio's first volunteer fire department and later was a charter member of the Number Two Fire Company. On December 8, 1854, he married Agnes Urbaneck. The couple had seven children; their youngest son, Albert Friedrich, was founder of theBuckhorn Saloon.

In 1880 Friedrich expanded his cabinet-making business to include the manufacture of horn furniture. It has not been established whether he originated horn furniture, but over the next ten years, he crafted some of the most innovative. His works received awards of merit at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition of 1883, the New Orleans Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884–85, and the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1886. Between 1880 and 1890 his furniture, noted for its quality, was sold throughout the United States and Europe. His patrons included Queen Victoria, Otto von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I. Friedrich died in San Antonio on November 7, 1902. Today his furniture is displayed in museums throughout the United States. - TSHA Handbook of Texas


  • artist: Wenzel Friedrich (1827-1902)
  • affiliation: San Antonio, Texas
  • materials: horn, wood bracing, leather
  • seat height: 16"
  • chair: 38 1/2" h x 29" w x 30" d
  • vintage condition
  • surface abrasions commensurate with age
  • sturdy
  • light uneven-ness
  • style: HF-176
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