Russell Woodard Chairs
Russell Woodard Chairs are original vintage chairs produced by the American designer Russell Woodard.
History & Description
During the 1930s Russell Woodard and his brothers, Lyman and Joseph, began to develop the first line of hand-crafted wrought iron furniture. Woodard chairs have become synonymous with casual outdoor furniture and they have been made in a variety of materials. However, the most famous Russell Woodard chairs are typically constructed from cast and tubular aluminium.
The Woodard brand continues today and has even produced outdoor furniture for the White House.
Guide for collectors
Original Russell Woodard chairs are infrequently offered by both national and international auction houses. As a general rule, individual chairs are rarely sold and it is much more common for lots to contain a group of two to six chairs. Prices for group lots tend to range between $600 and $2,000.
Russell Woodard chairs are also occasionally advertised on internet bidding sites, such as eBay. One notable auction sale occurred on February 10th 2012, when a set of four “Sculptura” lounge chairs was sold on eBay for $1,000.
Notable auction sales
On October 30th 2005 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a three-piece wire furniture suite, consisting of a sofa and two lounge chairs, designed by Russell Woodard, realised a price of $4,000.
On October 3rd 2006 at Christie’s in New York, a suite of outdoor furniture, comprising of three sofas, eleven armchairs and four side chairs, designed by Russell Woodard, circa 1950s, realised a price of $3,360.
On October 22nd 2006 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of white mesh rocking chairs, designed by Russell Woodard, realised a price of $3,250.
On April 23rd 2006 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of white enamelled wire mesh lounge chairs, designed by Russell Woodard, realised a price of $3,000.
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