Charles P Limbert Co Furniture
Charles P. Limbert Co. Furniture was produced by the American furniture manufacturer the Limbert Furniture Company during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Brief history and description
Charles P. Limbert founded the Limbert Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1894. He began by designing furniture in the Arts & Crafts style, after having been inspired by the large number of Dutch residents in the Grand Rapids area. At first he focused on chair making, later expanding his product line.
A fan of European furniture design, his works concentrated on high quality at all stages of production, with an emphasis on superior materials and joinery.
He continued to produce furniture until 1922, when he was forced to retire by increasing ill health. Limbert is widely regarded as having increased the interest in rustic-style design in the United States.
Guide for collectors
The works of Charles P. Limbert frequently appear at live auctions as well as specialist sales. For further bargains, collectors can search online auctioneers such as eBay.
Pieces of Limbert furniture are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and further information for prospective collectors is available at websites such as AntiqueTalk.com.
Limbert pieces can reach high prices at auction. The highest price paid for a Charles P. Limbert piece is the sale of a Limbert table lamp (model no.7) from Sotheby’s New York on 15th December 2006 for $51,000.
Similar lamps continuously fetch such high prices, for instance a ‘Lighthouse’ table lamp can reach extremely high prices at auction, typically prices well over $20,000, whilst other pieces, such as one of Limbert’s more simplistic designs or one of the company’s side chairs, can sell for prices in the region of $50-200.
The price curve is dependent largely upon the condition of any given item and prices fall largely in accordance with adjustments such as reupholstering and any additional changes considered by collectors to be contradictory to the original design.
The lowest price paid for a Limbert piece is $75, for a pair of Charles P. Limbert armchairs, auctioned on 11th March 2009 from Jackson’s Auction.
(All values are based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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