Vintage Charles Hollis Jones Furniture
Vintage Charles Hollis Jones Furniture is original furniture created by the American designer Charles Hollis Jones.
History & Description
Charles Hollis Jones is an American furniture designer and artist who is primarily known for his pioneering use of Lucite and acrylic.
During the 1960s Charles Hollis Jones’ furniture were the “must-have” products in Hollywood’s upper echelons. Celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Frank Sinatra all commissioned Jones to design items for their homes and in 1978 Sylvester Stallone paid $38,000 for a bed with a lighted acrylic base.
Jones would later make vanity tables for the Mondrian Hotel, bar stools for the Playboy Club and was commissioned by the ageing Tennessee Williams to produce a modern, yet comfortable writing chair, known among collectors as the “Wisteria chair”.
Jones' furniture was the epitome of “cool” and “kitsch” and was also used in the 1971 James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever.”
Guide for collectors
There is a small but competitive community of Charles Hollis Jones collectors, who are drawn to his furniture’s unusual and kitsch designs. In terms of availability, Jones’ products are regularly offered by both international and national auction houses.
Collectors should proceed with caution when purchasing Charles Hollis Jones furniture as there are numerous vintage and modern imitations of genuine Jones’ products. Collectors should also try to gather as much information as possible from the seller in order to verify a Jones’ products authenticity.
Notable auction sales
On May 16th 2001 at Christie’s in Los Angeles, a set of six “Wisteria” chairs, designed by Charles Hollis Jones, realised a price of $7,050.
On December 14th 2010 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a “Le Dome” table, designed by Charles Hollis Jones, circa 1975, realised a price of $8,000.
On March 23rd 2010 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a set of six “Metric” dining chairs, designed by Charles Hollis Jones, circa 1965, realised a price of $5,500.
On March 23rd 2010 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a rocking chair originally designed for the Playboy Club, Los Angeles, circa 1975, realised a price of $3,500.
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