The sale in New York featured six rare examples which each achieved impressive six-figure results.
Sikes Chair Company Furniture is furniture produced by the American manufacturer The Sikes Chair Company, which was founded in the mid-19th century.
Brief history and description
The Sikes Chair Company was established in 1859 and operated as S.D. Sikes & Brother in Buffalo, New York. Although for a brief period of time the company moved to Pennsylvania between 1904 and 1906, the company moved back to Buffalo, New York in 1916.
The Sikes Chair Company predominantly manufactured different styles of chairs, (such as Morris chairs, rocking chairs, swivel chairs, and side chairs), but also various types of furniture items as well. Many of their furniture items were classified as being part of the Arts & Crafts movement, which was a popular furniture design movement between 1860 and 1910.
Guide for collectors
Sikes Chair Company furniture items which were influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement and/or still carry their original label are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of a Sikes Chair Company furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Sikes Chair Company furniture item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Sikes Chair Company furniture items, visit the Sikes/Sykes Family Association website.
Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a Sikes Chair Company Arts & Crafts Morris chair (30" in width, 34" in diameter, 40" in height) with an open-arm form, corbel supports at the sides, a recovered leather seat and back cushions, and signed with a paper label for $700 in December of 2011.
Walnut swivel chairs which were manufactured by the Sikes Chair Company are typically worth around $550.
Mahogany side chairs which were manufactured by the Sikes Chair Company, on the other hand, can be worth as little as $30.
Garth's Auctions in Delaware, Ohio sold a Sikes Chair Company fumed oak colonial revival library table (circa 1875; 27.5" in diameter, 28.5" in height) with a carved hexagonal apron and spool turned legs for $150 in November of 2007.
(values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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