Vintage Phyllis Morris Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:33:43

Vintage Phyllis Morris Furniture is original furniture created by the American designer Phyllis Morris.

History & Description

Phyllis Morris was an American furniture designer in the mid-to-late-twentieth century known for her unusual and flamboyant designs.

Phyllis Morris earned herself a status as an emerging interior designer in 1953 when she introduced her poodle lamp, modelled after her own pink-dyed poodle Pamela. In the decades that followed, Morris became a celebrity in her own right and was known for her candour on decorating and her colourful character.

Morris’ style is characterised by large patterns, bold designs and bright colours and would often include Pop Art, Asian and African objets d’art in her furniture designs. Her large and extremely decorative beds were an essential commodity for those involved in the Pop Art scene in 1960s America.

Guide for collectors

Today there is a growing community of Phyllis Morris furniture enthusiasts who are drawn to the furniture’s dramatic designs and outlandish presence. Additionally, a number of Morris’ designs have appeared in films such as Oceans 12 and music videos by Mariah Carey and P. Diddy.

However, at present, instances of vintage Phyllis Morris furniture at auction are quite uncommon. As a general rule, prices tend to range between $700 and $3,000. But, due to the diversity of furniture, prices can vary considerably.

Notable auction sales

On December 2nd 2007 at Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, a contemporary King Henry VII giltwood tester bed, designed by Phyllis Morris, realised a price of $3,500.

On June 13th 2010 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, a group of eight lacquered Queen Anne dining chairs, designed by Phyllis Morris, realised a price of $2,750.

On August 14th 2011 at Bonhams in San Francisco, California, a custom bedstead, designed by Phyllis Morris, realised a price of $1,220.

On June 13th 2010 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, an oil-dropped lacquered buffet, designed by Phyllis Morris, realised a price of $1,700.

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