Limbert Library Tables
Limbert Library Tables are a style of table produced by the American Limbert Furniture Company.
History & Description
The Limbert Furniture Company was an American-based furniture manufacturer.
The company was founded by Charles P. Limbert in the first half of the twentieth century. The company’s factory was located in Holland, Michigan, and was managed by Limbert until ill health prompted him to sell his share in 1922.
Their oak furniture was characteristic of the Arts & Craft movement that was prevalent in the United States from the 1860s through to the early 1930s. The company produced a wide range of furniture, including chairs, tables, dressers, drawers and cupboards.
A library table is a large, usually rectangular table – although the majority of the company’s designs were oval – and were used for storing or reading books. Rather than having short leaves at the side, library tables often had them at the ends of the table.
Guide for collectors
The majority of the company’s library tables were constructed from oak, although there were small numbers made in mahogany and cherry wood. Auction records show that oval library tables, manufactured between 1910 and 1930, achieve the highest prices.
Limbert library tables were produced to a very high standard which has ensured that many have remained in good condition. As result, these pieces have become highly sought after by collectors.
For more information on the company’s library tables, collectors should visit the following websites; Arts & Crafts Furniture, Webteek and Arts-Crafts.
Notable auction sales
On September 17th 2005 at Craftsman Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, a oval library table realised a price of $14,000.
On March 11th 2006 at Craftsman Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, a oval library table realised a price of $14,000.
On November 29th 1999 at Christie’s in New York, a oak library table, circa 1910, realised a price of $10,925.
On September 29th 2007 at Craftsman Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, a double oval library table realised a price of $12,000.