The auction of traditional masterpieces in Hong Kong next month is expected to achieve up to HK$200 million.
Ficks Reed Furniture Company designed and manufactured finest cane furniture.
For a long time, collectors in the U.S. focused on traditional 19th century furniture categories and styles, like Queen Anne, Chippendale; Federal Style, Colonial Revival, and the many styles that fall under the rubric of Victorian (Gothic Revival, Rococo Revival, Renaissance Revival, Eastlake). Much of this furniture has been heavily influenced by European (e.g. French) and British styles.
In recent decades, modern 20th century styles have gained prominence in the world of antique and vintage furniture, including Arts and Crafts (e.g. Mission Oak Style), Art Deco, and increasingly, Mid-Century Modern (e.g. Eames, Heywood Wakefield, Danish, etc.).
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based Ficks Reed Company was founded in 1885 by Louis Ficks. Initially established as the National Carriage and Reed Company, the company produced woven reed and wicker baby carriages before expanding their product line. They made furniture out of 2 different types of cane ,also using black walnut and laminated table tops.
For over 125 years, Ficks Reed has built its reputation manufacturing high quality furniture using wicker, rattan, woven peel, bamboo, and selected hardwoods. Ficks Reed has collaborated with world renowned designers including, Dorothy Draper, Paul László, John B. Wisner, and Paul T. Frankl, among many others. Ficks Reed furniture designs reflect the dedicated collaboration between designer and skilled artisans ensuring attention to details and outstanding craftsmanship.
In addition to fabulous home furnishings, Ficks Reed has also furnished luxurious, inviting environments for prestigious hotels, resorts, clubs, and restaurants for over eight decades. Ficks Reed hospitality clients include The Greenbrier Hotel, The Breakers Palm Beach, The Arizona Biltmore, MGM Mandalay Bay, Sandpiper Beach Club, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, and Hyatt Regency Hotels.
Every piece of Ficks Reed furniture, whether residential or hospitality, is hand worked to the highest quality maintaining their legacy as a leading manufacturer of wicker and rattan furnishings.
As with any collecting category, quality is key with antique and vintage furniture. Look for undamaged pieces which have been well cared for, with original finishes, hardware, and patina if possible. Try to understand the piece's history and provenance, and ascertain its maker and originality (mass-produced reproductions have been made of almost every style and piece).
Ficks Reed reflects the dedicated collaboration between world renowned designers and skilled artisans. From initial concept drawings to the final touches of an expertly applied, and rubbed finished and precisely detailed upholstery, Ficks Reed’s timeless quality shines through.
Eye appeal is a key concern.
Look for original upholstery and good condition pieces. Damage ad wear ought to be reflected in the sale price.
Collectors and dealers are quickly growing wise to the value of hand made Ficks Reed pieces, particularly those exhibiting a typically 50s or 60s style.
A pair of Ficks Reed bamboo and cane lounge open armchairs sold for $100 at Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers in November 2012.
Two arm chairs, two ottomans and a glass top table sold for $200 at Philadelphia Estate Liquidators, Inc. in March 2012.
A 'Seria' bamboo style writing desk and open arm chair brought $1,300 to DuMouchelles in December 2008.
A Ficks Reed and Co rattan three section sofa brought $50 to Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Jnauary 2008.
A 1950s Ficks Reed three piece rattan set brought $150 in January 2005.
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