Sam Maloof Rocking Chairs

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Sam Maloof Rocking Chairs are chairs produced by the renowned American designer and craftsman Sam Maloof.

Brief history and description

Sam Maloof was born on January 24th, 1916 and died on May 21st, 2009, and was described by People Magazine as "The Hemingway of Hardwood." Maloof was a world-renown furniture designer and woodworker, and became a household name after designing various rosewood, maple, ebony, and walnut rocking chairs.

His work has been featured in various different American museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. Maloof was also awarded with a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 1985, and some of his rocking chairs have been owned by the likes of President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan.

Notable auction sales

Sam Maloof maple rocking chairs

Sotheby's in New York sold a fiddleback maple and ebony Sam Maloof rocking chair (circa 1986; 46 5/8 inches in height) for $39,000 in June of 2006.

Sam Maloof rosewood rocking chairs

Sotheby's in New York sold a rosewood Sam Maloof rocking chair (circa 1977; 44.25 inches in height) for $42,000 in June of 2005.

Sam Maloof walnut rocking chairs

Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold:

  • A fine walnut and ebony Sam Maloof rocking chair (circa 1970; 44.5 inches in height) with black leather upholstery for $22,000 in April of 2010.
  • A Sam Maloof walnut rocking chair (circa 1969; 45.25 in height) which was made for the retiring members of the L.A. chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization for $22,000 in October of 2010.
  • Another walnut Sam Maloof rocking chair which was produced for the L.A. chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization along with a metal plaque for $20,400 in June of 2004.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, New York sold a walnut and ebony Sam Maloof rocking chair (circa 1983; 44 inches in height) for $24,000 in December of 2011.

John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. in Altadena, California sold a walnut and ebony Sam Maloof rocking chair (46.75 inches in height) for $22,500 in March of 2009.

Sam Maloof walnut rocking chairs

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A Sam Maloof walnut rocking chair (circa 1973; 45 inches in height) with a black leather seat for $22,705 in October of 2002.
  • Another Sam Maloof walnut rocking chair (circa 1997; 46.5 inches in height) for $31,070 in September of 2007.

Sam Maloof rosewood rocking chairs

Christie's in New York sold a Sam Maloof rosewood rocking chair (circa 1968; 45.5 inches in height) branded on a back seat rail for $30,000 in December of 2005.

Guide for collectors

Only 28 walnut rocking chairs were made by Maloof in 1969 for the Forty-Niner Awards and given to retirees of the L.A. chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization are known to exist, thus are considered to be extremely rare.

Restoration of a Sam Maloof rocking chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Sam Maloof rocking chair may reduce its value).

For more information regarding Sam Maloof rocking chairs, visit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts website.

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