Phoenix Chair Company
The Phoenix Chair Company was a late 19th/early 20th century American furniture manufacturer.
Brief history and description
The Phoenix Chair Company was a popular furniture manufacturing company that was founded in the late 19th century in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; (a city which has since been coined as the "Furniture Capital of the World").
The company produced various furniture items such as rocking chairs, armchairs tables, dining sets, cabinets, hutches and much more, and continued to manufacture products up until the 1930s. The items were typically made of cane, oak or beechwood, and sometimes their chairs featured a unique design that was influenced by nature as well.
Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a pair of "McKinley" armchairs that were manufactured by the Phoenix Chair Company and featured a Prairie design with a reupholstered seat and back for $1,500 in March of 2008.
However, other "McKinley" armchairs that were manufactured by the Phoenix Chair Company and feature a flat-arm form and a replaced leather back and seat are worth around $100, while "McKinley" arms chairs that feature a prairie design and a replaced cane seat and back are worth around $300.
McKinley Rocking chairs
"McKinley" rocking chairs that were manufactured by the Phoenix Chair Company are worth around $375.
Saco River Auction in Biddeford, ME sold a mission oak rocking chair that was manufactured by the Phoenix Chair Company for $60 in September of 2011.
Christie's in London sold a Phoenix Chair Company upholstered beechwood lounge chair which was designed by Salvador Dali for £1,434 in March of 2004.
Guide for collectors
Beechwood lounge chairs that were manufactured by the Phoenix Chair Company and designed by artist Salvador Dali are considered to be extremely rare and valuable. Phoenix Chair Company chairs that feature a unique design are considered to be more valuable as well.
Restoration of a Phoenix Chair Company furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Phoenix Chair Company item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding the Phoenix Chair Company, visit the Mead Public Library's official website.
(Values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com & Christie's)