Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Co

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The Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Co was an American furniture manufacturer which operated from the late 19th until the early 20th century.

Brief history and description

The Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company was founded in 1896 and was originally owned by David E. Uhl. During the Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company's peak, the company manufactured a variety of different furniture items such as desks and music or radio cabinets that came in a variety of different furniture design styles.

Some of the furniture items were manufactured and influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement (circa 1860 to 1910), for which furniture items were designed by referencing the influence of the Industrial Revolution and carrying various medieval, folk or romantic styles of decoration as well.

Although the Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company closed its doors in 1938, many of the company's antique furniture items are still considered to be extremely popular today thanks to the company being considered one of the most influential and historic manufacturers of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Guide for collectors

Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company items which still carry their original labels are considered to be more rare and valuable.

Restoring a Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company item may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company items, visit History Grand Rapids, Arts & Crafts Collector, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Value

Pacific Galleries in Seattle, Washington sold a Grand Rapids Fancy Furniture Company open bookcase with the original affixed paper label, a heart shape cut at the center of the solid skirt across the top, and the top shelf carrying a book stop around three sides at each end (circa late 19th century to early 20th century; 43" in width, 13" in diameter and 54.75" in height) for $675 in November of 2008.

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