ESTATE ANTIQUE ART DECO BUFFET- JOHNSON HANDLEY JOHNSON
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Sold Date: 07/01/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Furniture & Furnishings
JOHNSON HANDLEY JOHNSON CO. ofGrand Rapids, Michigan, WALNUT and/or MAHOGANY BUFFET with BURLED INLAY. It measures: 61 1/5" wide, 22 1/2" deep at bow, 16 1/2" deep on ends, and 36 1/4" high. This buffet is in EXCELLENT to very good condition for its age, but does have normal wear and stains on its top surface and one break on the right center bottom scroll (See photos 6, 8 & 9). This break is clean and likely very easily repaired. The original Johnson Furniture Co. was foundedin 1908 by three Swedish immigrant brothers and produced bedroom furniture. In 1922 the Johnson Handley Johnson Co. was founded with their designer Tom Handley. This latter company produced furniture for the dining room and library. Both companies were very well known for high quality residential furniture. From 1922 to about 1935 the JOHNSON HANDLEY JOHNSON CO. manufactured furniture in European and American revival styles, as well as Modern lines initiated after 1928.
"During the last half of the 19th century, furniture manufacturing became an important industry in Michigan, especially in the Grand Rapids area. Since then, more than 800 furniture makers were located on the west side of the state. With its huge concentration of furniture makers, Grand Rapids earned its reputation as "The Furniture Capital" by manufacturing huge quantities of furniture of all styles. While Grand Rapids was the best-known city in the country for its furniture, large quantities were also built in other Michigan cities including Detroit, Grand Ledge and Holland. In the late 1890s, over 7,000 people were employed in furniture factories across the state.
Most of the furniture manufactured during this period was traditional styling. However, during the early part of the 20th century, some companies expanded their lines to include tines by contemporary designers. Among the some of the best-known companies that designed Art Deco or Modern furniture at some point in their history is Baker Furniture, Grand Rapids Chair, Imperial Furniture, Johnson Brothers, Johnson-Handley-Johnson, Charles Limbert Co., Michigan Chair, Sligh Furniture, Stickey Furniture and Widdicomb Furniture.
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