Lillian Russell Furniture
Lillian Russell is a line of furniture produced by the American-based Davis Cabinet Company.
History & Description
The Davis Cabinet Company was founded by Lipscomb Davis in 1929 on the banks of the Cumberland River in Kentucky.
The most popular lines of Davis furniture include Cumberland Valley, Legacy Collection and Ellesdale Manor.
Named after the celebrated late-nineteenth century actress, Lillian Russell furniture featured intricately carved grape and leaf pulls and was characteristic of late-Victorian furniture design. First manufactured in 1931, it has been in continuous production ever since and was one of the most popular furniture lines in twentieth century America.
Although contemporary versions are now only made in mahogany, between 1931 and 2004 pieces were also made in cherry wood and black walnut.
Guide for collectors
Instances of Lillian Russell furniture sold at both national and international auction houses are uncommon. In addition, pieces are rarely advertised on eBay.
Even though old cherry wood furniture is more common, records show that the demand for cherry wood is far greater than the rarer black walnut and mahogany pieces.
There a few online furniture dealers and second-hand companies that sells vintage Lillian Russell furniture. A few examples include; Worth Point, American Listed and Sell.
Notable auction sales
On January 1st 2012 at Purcell Auction Gallery in Paducah, Kentucky, a solid cherry wood dresser, circa 1954, realised a price of $725.
On January 1st 2012 at Purcell Auction Gallery in Paducah, Kentucky, a solid cherry wood dresser with a few minor scratches, circa 1954, realised a price of $725.
On August 11th 2006 at Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida, a cherry wood dresser, circa mid-twentieth century, realised a price of $350.
On November 18th 2007 at Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida, a cherry wood chest of drawers realised a price of $200.