Antiques at The Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites
Built in 1878, The Mendocino Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. This classic building has been meticulously restored over the years, and is now filled with antiques from a bygone era.
Lobby / Front Desk Area
In the lobby are several fine rugs:
- An early 20th Century Persian runner, Meshkin with a central field consisting of 12 rectangles and octagons having stepped geometric latch hook designs within.
- A Persian 20th Century runner, 3x10 feet, Serab, with three stepped hexagons in central field, with beige and turquoise grounds and a central field with crimson ground.
- An early 20th Century afghan, 7x9 feet, Afghan Bokhara with 12 gulls in central zone.
- A Kilim runner, 20th Century Middle Eastern, 14x15. Five stepped diamonds connected by pole in beige, salmon, Venetian red and Cobalt blue, with three geometric design borders, the central one beige and the flanking ones umber.
The lobby registration area has an oak bank teller’s booth. It is late 19th Century, measuring 8’ high x 16" deep x 1 bay deep and three bays wide. It has molded panels, some with foliate carved ornament and carved pilasters. There are four large and two small clear glass windows with French bevel mold cornice and open frieze of a spindle work. The teller grate is of brass. It was purchased from a Kansas City bank. Two additional bay sections without glass are in storage.
In the registration area is an oak Regulator clock. It is early 20th Century American, 29"x12"x7". There is a small rectangular case of early Art Deco design with five small panels of standardized leaf and flower ornament with the dial in black Arabic numerals and a brass brim. French beveled glass flanked by reading.
At the front desk is a Tiffany lamp, circa 1928, recently purchased from Butterfield and Butterfield. It is of bronze with a leaded glass design. There is a second lamp in the lobby manufactured by Hilliard of Arcata, California. This is a 20th Century contemporary reproduction of a Tiffany type lamp, measuring 67"x24". It is signed on the interior of the rim, "1980 Hilliard, Arcata, California." It has circular roof with ribbed tubular standard dome. The shade is of vine and flower design, in tones of red, yellow and greens.
Another floor lamp is of early 20th Century American. It is a Repousse floor lamp by Favor Ruhl and Company, New York, Boston and Chicago, late Art Nouveau. It stands 54" high. The shade is 24". It is signed on the underside of the shade, the base is a truncated pyramid upon a squared standard. It has a stylized foliate decoration with stippling overall with brass studs and green glass jewels.
In the lobby is a walnut upholstered love seat. It is late 20th Century, Victorian Louis XIV style. It measures 32"x58"x32" with carved cabriole front legs, shaped aprons and side stumps, and a serpentine front. It is upholstered in a cotton foliate print, with two slip seat cushions, and rolled, pleated fan back.
The lobby also has a cast iron fireplace mantel, late 19th Century, thought to be of Dutch origin. It is 6’8" high x 53" wide. It has a Romanesque arch design with demilune bevel mirror insert and demilune shelf. There are two semicircular lamp shelves in the heads of the pilasters, molded and beezed borders, with chaste flower and bird decorations in shallow relief in the Art Nouveau style. It is of pewter finish.
There is also a pair of barrel back armchairs, early 20th Century. They are 36" high x 27" wide x 27" deep. They have carved front pole legs and a beezed apron.
There is an oak planter with heavy lion paw feet. It has a convex front with shaped apron, having single flower medallion, bound laurel and a fluted decoration molded top.
In the entrance to the restaurant is an oak portal with arch, late 19th Century, 9’9" high x 7’7" wide x 1" thick. It has molded and fluted pilasters with flower carved panels. The cornice with single bracket on each side and the spindles connect the arch with a central carved laurel garland.
In the lobby is a mahogany veneer Victorian sideboard with mirror. It is late 19th Century, measuring 37"x26"x80". The mirror measures 52"x80". It was originally from the Baldwin estate in Los Angeles. It has massive front cabriole legs with foliate and scroll carvings at knees and aprons. The rectangular rear legs have acanthus carved feet. It has a heavily molded top with two drawers. The mirror is rectangular with flattened arch, central carved foliate crest, pilasters with fluted capitals and carved finials, with shaped shelf at base supported by three brackets with two separate mirror panels below the shelf.
In the reception area is another sideboard with mirror. It is early 20th Century, measuring 74"x59"x22". It has carved, turned front legs. There are two covered doors flanking four drawers on each side. The Superstructure is supported by two panels. The superstructure back panel and panels are carved with ovoid panels, brass pendant pulls and shaped mirror, with French bevel glass and carved foliate ornament.
In the reception area, there is also a pair of magnificent originals oils by Bernard Winter, 19th Century, circa 1871, measuring 28"x21", both signed upper right and dated 1894. These are framed in 4" antique gold pierced molding. They are bust length portraits of a middle-aged man and his wife, formally attired and painted in greenish tones.
Over the staircase is a brass chandelier, 20th Century, 1970, 36" with a 60" drop. There is an elaborate foliate decoration overall.
Hotel Bar Area
There is a wonderful collection of pub mirrors gathered by the owner in travels to the British Isles. They are 20th Century American, around 1970, all excellent, with etched border, "Watney’s Pimlicoa Ales," "Guinness Stout," and "Whitbread’s Ales and Stout".
There is a magnificent stained leaded glass dome in the hotel bar. It is late 19th Century, carefully restored in 1975 and attributed to Tiffany. It is approximately 5’9" x 8’8" oval and 16" deep. It has glass panels separated by brass metal ribs and a central oval, with polychrome floral and foliate forms on umber pebble texture ground. There are numerous mild and ruby jewels inset. A similar glass dome, although somewhat smaller, is in the ceiling of the front hallway.
In the bar there is a production of a Victorian oak front and back bar with leaded stained glass panels. It is 20th Century American. It measures 8’ high x 12’7" wide by 7’8" deep. It has umber and red leaded stained glass panels and a pair of milk white pendant tulip lamps. Carved Griffins support the superstructure. The back bar has three carved doors and four drawers with carved pulls. The front bar has a pair of carved panels and three turned columns.
The Dining Room
In the dining room are mahogany room divider screens. These are late 19th Century English. They measure 72"x30", each with fluted pilaster on one end, molded base and molded cornice with dentil work. Each has four molded panels on the sided below a pair of Romanesque arched French bevel and frosted glass windows with cut star bursts, framed on each side by applied fluted columns with composite capital. There are 10 lighted glass screens. These are early 20th Century, of glazed, 57"x24", three inch clear glass, pyramid cut squared, each etched with a city crest (Newcastle, South Shields, Southampton, Brighton, Liverpool, Cheltenham, Darlington.)
There is also a mahogany breakfront side board with leaded glass doors in the dining room. This is early 20th Century European, English, measuring 93"x70"x30". It has stained glass leaded cupboard doors with clear and red stained glass leaded cupboard doors on each side. There are two shelves in the center.
In the dining room is a 20th Century polybronze "Pony Express" sculpture by Thomas Holland. It measure 18" high x 18" long x 6" wide. It is numbered 254/700, signed on the base by T. Holland. Copyright 1968, graphic #254. The sculpture is mounted on a wood block base. It is of a Pony Express rider with his horse in a flying gallop.
The Garden Room
The garden room has an oak back bar superstructure, 20th Century, circa 1970. It is 62" wide x 118" long x 21" deep. It is a reproduction of a Victorian five base central bay with bonnet top and circular mirror. There are ten turned and foliate carved columns with Ionic capitals, two shelves, 12 mirrored back panels, six of which are antique, French beveled glass and a richly carved, heavy coved cornice.
There is also an oak sideboard with leaded glass doors by Wiley and Lockhead, Lt., Glasgow. It is early 20th Century, Scottish. It measures 65"x78"x27" deep. There is a maker’s Plate on the cupboard door, with a molded top. The superstructure is of green leaded glass. It has a Romanesque arch with five grotesque heads and single shaped shelf. There are original glass bale handle and pendant pulls with stylized Art Nouveau flowers on the plates.
Several original oil painting by California artists are displayed on the walls.
There is an oak roll top in Room 303. It is late 19th Century, measuring 50"x16"x32" by Shelbyville Desk Company, Indianapolis, with an oak swivel desk chair.
There is also an oak file cabinet, manufactured by M. Ohmers & Sons, Dayton, Ohio, late 20th Century. It is 72" high by 37" wide x 19" deep. There is a makers plate on the cornice. It has rectangular feet, 48 lift panels, each with brass card plate and finger lift with flap filing shelves behind. It is arranged in three columns.