The sale of items from the legendary late collector set new participation records for a Sotheby’s UK auction.
|The Conrey & Birely Table Company was an American furniture manufacturer that was located in Shelbyville and in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company later changed its name to the Davies & Birely Table Company.
Brief history & description
Founded by Jacob Conrey and Charles Birely, the Conrey & Birely Table Company was established in 1874 and began operation in a building that had been abandoned by the DePrez Furniture Company when they moved to a larger property. The factory was badly damaged by fire in 1875 but when rebuilt it was the largest exclusive centre table and library table factory in the world and had over five-hundred employees.
The Conrey & Birely Table Company specialised in a knock-down table which included a unique furniture leg attachment patented invention. This allowed the company to produce furniture using “knock-down” construction, a simple method that required almost no tools or equipment.
The company’s name changed to the Davies & Birely Table Company in 1901, when Charles Davies became president of the firm.
The company ceased trading completely in 1909.
Guide to collectors
Conrey & Birely Table Company products are extremely rare and instances of them being sold through auction houses are uncommon. However, when they do appear at auctions, pieces generally sell between $150 and $250.
Generally, items that are in good condition and are of higher quality are more valuable than items that are in need of restoration. However, should a Conrey & Birely Table Company piece need restoring, then collectors are urged to contact professional restorers.
On December 5th 2010, at Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, an Arts & Crafts Movement stand, produced by the Davies & Birely Table Company, realised a price of $250.
On February 18th 2007, at Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida, an Arts & Crafts Movement oak book stand, made by the Conrey & Birely Table Company, realised a price of $175.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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