Plail Brothers Chair Company Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:44:32

The Plail Brothers Chair Company was an early 20th century U.S furniture manufacturer.

Brief history and description

The Plail Brothers Chair Company began business in 1906 in Wayland, and closed in 1933.

Little is known about the brothers themselves, other than that their chairs, produced in the Arts and Crafts style, are both extremely rare and highly collectable as a result.

Their works are also considered to be examples of fine craftsmanship. The Plail Brothers constructed ‘barrel’ chairs, tables, stools and desks.

Guide for collectors

Plail Brothers pieces are far from inexpensive due to their scarcity and their high quality making the items highly desirable collectables.

Wayland Historical Society includes some additional information about the company, including photographs of their workshop and examples of authentic Plail Brothers Chair Company pieces, as well as information on their construction.

Due to their rarity, Plail Brothers pieces are unlikely to be found at many online auctioneers, and enthusiasts are advised to instead seek specialist Arts and Crafts or furniture auctions, as well as the mainstream auctioneers and high-end antique shops, where they may find bargains.

In addition, ArtsandCraftsCollector.com features comprehensive information about the identification of works in the Arts and Crafts style, though as always when making a purchase of this nature, prospective collectors should be careful to correctly identify Plail Brothers Chair Company pieces before purchasing, to avoid disappointment.

Value

The highest price paid for a Plail Brothers Chair Company piece at auction is the sale of a Barrel settee for $3,500 on 13th June 2009 at Rago Arts and Auction Center. Due to their rarity, they frequently sell for high prices at auction, with the highest sale prices often being for items in very good condition.

Plail Brothers Chair Company pieces usually sell for prices in the region of $900 – $1,200.

The lowest price paid at auction for a Plail Brothers piece is $600, for a piece sold from Clars Auction Gallery on 19th February 2012.

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

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