Antique Maison Jansen Furniture
Antique Maison Jansen Furniture is original furniture produced by the French design company Maison Jansen.
History & Description
Maison Jansen was an interior decoration company, based in Paris, and is considered as the first transnational interior design company.
Founded by Dutch born Jean-Henri Jansen in 1880, Maison Jansen (House of Jansen) originally relied on either appropriating existing antiques of that time or contracting outside cabinetmakers to produce furniture.
However, by the 1890s, Maison Jansen had set up its own factory and was able to manufacturer its own contemporary furniture designs as well as reproductions, predominantly in the Empire, Directoire, Louis XVI and Louis VIV styles.
The company served a number of distinguished clients throughout the globe, creating furniture and interiors for the White House during John F. Kennedy’s administration and the royal families of Iran, Serbia and Belgium.
Maison Jansen discontinued in 1989.
Guide for collectors
Maison Jansen furniture is often offered by auction houses on both side of the Atlantic. However, prices can vary considerably. As a general rule, prices for Maison Jansen items tend to range between $5,000 and $20,000. It is not uncommon, however, for items to sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
At present, the United Kingdom branch of Christie’s has sold the most valuable examples of Maison Jansen furniture and prices have exceeded £80,000.
The most valuable and collectible examples of Maison Jansen furniture are eighteenth-century antiques that were appropriated and re-upholstered by Maison Jansen in the late-nineteenth century.
For example, on July 7th 2005 at Christie’s in London, a suite of Louis XVI parcel-gilt seat-furniture, originally designed by Mathieu Bauve in 1775 and re-upholstered by Pierre Delbée of Maison Jansen, realised a price of £336,400.
Notable auction sales
On June 12th 2003 at Christie’s in London, a suite of Louis XVI gilt-wood seat-furniture, designed by George Jacob of Maison Jansen, realised a price of £111,650.
On June 12th 2003 at Christie’s in London, a pair of two-tier occasional tables, designed by Pierre Delbée of Maison Jansen, realised a price of £94,850.
On October 29th 2009 at Christie’s in London, a seashell and coral three section table, supplied by Pierre Delbée of Maison Jansen, realised a price of £79,250.
On June 12th 2003 at Christie’s in London, a set of twenty bamboo dining chairs, designed by Pierre Delbée of Maison Jansen, realised a price of £89,250.