Sam Maloof furniture

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Sam Maloof furniture was primarily-wooden furniture produced by the US furniture designer Sam Maloof (1916 – 2009). Despite the worldwide praise for the beauty of his pieces, Maloof always referred to himself as a “woodworker” as opposed to an artist.

Born in California in 1916, he is perhaps best known for his rocking chairs. US president Ronald Reagan was an owner of a Maloof rocking chair.

Accolades for Sam Maloof

He has been described as "America's most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman" by the Smithsonian.

In 1985 he was the first craftsman to be honoured with a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. The award is granted to those who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work”.

Value and auction results for Sam Maloof furniture

Sam Maloof furniture generally changes hands for thousands.

A 1991 white oak drop-leaf pedestal dining table sold for $11,875 at Christie’s New York in March 2010.

In September 2008, a walnut and ebony rocking chair, made in 2002, sold for $50,250 at a Bonhams New York auction.

A pair of walnut night stands made $24,675 at a Bonhams Los Angeles sale in September 2005.

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