Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture
Vintage Harvey Probber Furniture is original furniture created by Harvey Probber, a furniture designer well known for his innovative and modular furniture designs which were popular between the 1950s and 1970s.
Brief history and description
Probber's furniture designs typically featured "understated" modern lines and bright colours, and some of his many popular creations include the Harvey Probber sectional sofa, the Harvey Probber nuclear table, the Harvey Probber extension table and the Harvey Probber armless sofa, just to name a few.
Harvey Probber Sofas
Harvey Probber's three-cushion, blue velour fabric sofas are worth between $200 and $400, and Harvey Probber's even-arm, royal blue ultrasuede upholstery sofas are worth between $600 and $1200.
However, some Harvey Probber sofas have fetched for much higher prices at auctions:
Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a mahogany and wool/gondola Harvey Probber sofa for $6,000 in February of 2011.
Harvey Probber Mayan sofas also sell for much higher prices at auctions, and are usually worth between $6,000 and $9,000.
Harvey Probber Tables
A trio of Harvey Probber occasional tables (with a hexagonal composite top and a brass trim) are worth between $1,300 and $3,250, while the same single Harvey Probber occasional table is worth between $700 and $1,100.
A pair of of Harvey Probber occasional tables with walnut bases and hexagonal travertine tops are worth between $1,300 and $1,900.
A Harvey Probber extension table is typically worth between $2,900 and $3,500.
Four of Harvey Probber's hexagonal tables with terrazzo tops sold for $5,000 at a Rago Modern Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey in April of 2007, however, a single Harvey Probber hexagonal table is worth between $200 and $500.
The highest-selling Harvey Probber table was none other than the bleached mahogany and spun aluminum "nuclear" coffee table, with was sold for $14,400 at Sotheby's in New York in December of 2005. Other mahogany and copper planter Harvey Probber "nuclear" tables, on the other hand, are worth between $1,800 and $1,900.
Guide for collectors
Mahogany and wool/gondola Harvey Probber sofas as well as Harvey Prober "nuclear" tables are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of any Harvey Probber furniture items is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Harvey Probber furniture item may reduce its value).
For more information regarding where to find Harvey Probber furniture, visit 1st Dibs.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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