Phoenix Chair Co Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:44:12

Phoenix Chair Co Furniture was produced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the Phoenix Chair Co.

Brief history and description

The Phoenix Chair Company began manufacturing chairs in the late 19th century, following an incident in which a fire forced the closure of a factory nearby, which in turn led to the titling of the new company as ‘Phoenix’.

The company became popular in the first half of the 20th century as a manufacturer of affordable and high quality chairs and dining sets.

The Phoenix Chair Company had something of a niche market, primarily catering to newlyweds, downsizers, and other customers on a strict budget but with set quality requirements.

The company closed during the 1930’s, having suffered a great loss of profits as a result of the Great Depression.

Guide for collectors

The Phoenix Chair Company products are available both at conventional, mainstream auction houses and specialist auctions.

They also appear in online auctions, such as those found on eBay, though collectors should be sure to correctly verify the authenticity of any given piece before purchasing or bidding, so as to avoid disappointment.

There is little information widely available to collectors, and therefore if in any doubt, prospective collectors are advised to seek specialist help with ascertaining a piece’s authenticity to ensure both piece of mind and the acquisition of a genuine antique.

Value

The highest price paid for a Phoenix Chair Company piece is $1,500, for a ‘McKinley’ armchair, which auctioned from Treadway Gallery on 2nd March 2008.

The lowest price paid for a Phoenix Chair Company piece is $60, for a Mission-style oak rocking chair, which auctioned from Saco River Auction on 10th September 2011.

At other auctions, chairs from the Phoenix Chair Company range have sold for between $100-400 with the end sale price largely dependent upon the condition of the item in question.

Dining chair sets meanwhile have sold in the region of $900-3,000.

(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)

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