Paine Furniture Company
Information about the American furniture manufacturer founded in the 19th century
The Paine Furniture Company was an American furniture manufacturer established in the 19th century.
Brief history and description
The Paine Furniture Company was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1835 by Leonard Shearer. Boston in 1835 was a small city, but furniture production was a growing industry which Shearer recognized.
Despite having operated for a great many years, it was 1872 when he opened an enormous Paine Furniture Company shopping centre, and continued to expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities until his retirement.
By 1914, Paine Furniture Company was operating from a ten-story showroom and factory. The company is still owned and run by the Shearer family, though the name has since changed to Right Price Furniture.
Antique Paine Furniture Company pieces can reach large sums of money at auction.
Guide for collectors
Paine Furniture has an enduring popularity amongst collectors, as it is still considered both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Many pieces have stood the test of time and remain largely undamaged, though restorations of the furniture are also possible.
Paine Furniture Company pieces can be obtained from mainstream and specialist auctioneers, antique shops, and online auctioneers such as Ebay, though prospective collectors are advised to seek expert opinion on the authenticity of a piece before purchasing if they are in any doubt.
The highest price paid for a Paine Furniture Company piece is $7,000, for a twelve-piece Paine dining room set, comprising a dining table, a set of eight chairs, a sideboard, china cabinet and server, which auctioned from Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers on 20th April 2007.
In a similar price range, a Paine Furniture Company china cabinet with glass doors sold for $4,500 on 21st September 2003 from Craftsman Auctions.
Many Paine Furniture Company items often sell for in the region of $150 - $1,000.
The lowest price paid at auction for a Paine Furniture Company piece is a Windsor style chair which sold for $40 from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 20th August 2006.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)