The sale of items from the legendary late collector set new participation records for a Sotheby’s UK auction.
|Vintage Drexel Declaration Furniture was a line of furniture produced for the American manufacturer Drexel Heritage, in the late 1950s.
History & Description
The Declaration line was designed by Californian modernists Kip Stewart and Stewart MacDougall who worked with Drexel Heritage to create a modern furniture collection made of natural walnut. At the time Drexel Heritage was the quintessential furniture manufacturer in the United States who pioneered the concept of partnering with outside designers to conceptualise new and innovative furniture designs.
Declaration was immediately hailed as an important contribution to American furniture design and several items were chosen by the US Government Design Committee to be displayed at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958 and an exhibit in Moscow.
Guide for collectors
Drexel Declaration furniture is considered as a classic example of mid-twentieth century American design and is frequently sold through national auction houses. In addition, examples of Declaration furniture are also typically found on internet bidding sites such as eBay or sold in various antique stores and thrift shops throughout the United States.
For more information on the Declaration line, collectors should visit Drexel Heritage’s official website.
Notable auction sales
On March 4th 2012, a nine piece Mid-Century Modern Drexel Declaration dining set, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $2,499.
On February 29th 2012, a six piece Mid-Century Modern Drexel Declaration full bedroom set, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $1,799.
On October 13th 2008 at Rose Hill Auction Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey, a Drexel Declaration bench, circa 1950s, realised a price of $700.
On February 15th 2011 at Uniques & Antiques Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania, a four piece Drexel Declaration bedroom set, circa 1950s, realised a price of $600.
On January 24th 2008 at Skinner in Massachusetts, Massachusetts, a four piece collection of Drexel Declaration furniture, including a dresser with mirror, a headboard, a credenza and a secretary with tambour door, circa 1950s, realised a price of $600.
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