The John Widdicomb Company Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:52:19

The John Widdicomb Company was a furniture manufacturer based in Grand rapids, Michigan.

 

Brief history and description

The company was originally established by furniture maker George Widdicomb, father of John, after he emigrated from Devon, England to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the years that followed it would undergo many dramatic changes, acquiring the factory capabilities of several other furniture companies and incorporating them to strengthen the John Widdicomb brand.

Following the elder Widdicomb’s death in 1910, his son Harry became president of the John Widdicomb company.

The John Widdicomb Company became a well-established purveyor of high quality furniture, and their product range evolved to suit the shifting aesthetic of their customers, incorporating new styles whilst operating from the Grand Rapids area of Michigan in the United States.

During the 20th century it offerd collections from designers such as Mario Buatta, Jacques Grange, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The company ceased production in the summer of 2002.

Guide for collectors

John Widdicomb pieces have sold for vastly differing prices at auction, with final sale price largely dictated by the condition and scale of the piece in question. In addition to featuring prominently at mainstream and specialist auction houses, but are also widely available at antique shops and have also appeared at online auctions held at websites such as eBay.

Whilst there are great bargains to be found online, prospective collectors are strongly advised to carefully assess the authenticity and condition of items before purchasing, and if in any doubt should seek specialist opinion.

Value

Towards the higher end of the price scale, a John Widdicomb entertainment centre sold from SUSANIN’S Auctions on 18th August 2007 for $13,500.

A John Widdicomb two-door, two-drawer sideboard sold for $400 from Mathesons AA Auction on 25th July 2010, and elsewhere, a John Widdicomb oriental-style table dated from 1978 sold for $300 from Burchard Galleries Inc on 22nd June 2008.

Towards the lower end of the price scale, a John Widdicomb corner closet in a French Provincial style sold for $130 from B.S Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers on 23rd October 2011, and at an even lower price point, a pair of John Widdicomb lamp tables sold from Kenneth Hutter Auctions on 12th May 2011 for just $20.

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