Leavens Company Furniture
Leavens Company Furniture is American furniture produced by the Leavens Company of Boston.
Leavens Company was founded in Boston, in 1900, by William Leavens. The company manufactured a variety of styles, notably their "Cottage Furniture", in the Arts and Crafts style. Pieces usually carry a brass plate engraved LEAVENS BOSTON MASS.
Leavens "Cottage Furniture" designs tend to be of a lighter, less square construction than the Arts and Crafts pieces which many rival companies produced. The range included chiffoniers, dressing tables, writing bureaus, desks and dining chairs. The company were heavily advertised, distributing catalogues and trade advertisements. Leavens were well regarded, and remained in business longer than many rivals. They stopped production in 1930.
Guide For Collectors
Arts and Crafts Collector and arts-crafts are websites of general interest to collectors. They carry information about upcoming auctions and have forums where the subject can be discussed with fellow collectors.
Old and Sold is a website which carries advice about furnishing and interior decoration from the period. In the process it lists items made by Arts and Crafts manufacturers, including Leavens, which may be of use to the collector.
Catalogues and advertising leaflets made by Leavens are still available for sale on mainstream websites such as Amazon and eBay, and give an interesting view into the original purpose of pieces.
In February 2012 a 1905 Leavens Library Table from the Cottage Furniture line was offered for sale by Branford House Antiques for $675
GustavStickley list items of Art and Craft furniture which are for sale by a variety of sellers. Also in February 2012 a Leavens Fumed Oak Desk Chair was offered for sale by J & G Antiques for $295.
In January 2004 a Leavens Settle Bench was sold by Berners Antique Auction Gallery for $1000. A Leavens Dutch Hall Chair was sold by Tuten/Penland Auctions for $175 in February 2008.
A pair of single Arts and Crafts beds by Leaven, were sold by Treadway Gallery for $700 in September 2011.