The mar­ket for Frank Lloyd Wright de­signed ob­jects

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - ARTS - By Dr. Lori Verder­ame Spe­cial to Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Frank Lloyd Wright (18671959) de­signed pri­vate res­i­dences, build­ings of wor­ship, of­fice build­ings, schools and ate­liers, ur­ban civic ar­chi­tec­ture, and even art mu­se­ums. Wright united the in­doors with the out­doors in his build­ings. He high­lighted land­scape vis­tas, gar­dens, and wa­ter­falls. His Prairie style struc­tures fo­cused on what he called or­ganic ar­chi­tec­ture which made his build­ings stand out in the realm of 20th Cen­tury ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory.

Wright was in­ter­ested in de­vis­ing ar­chi­tec­tural plans that en­cour­aged vis­i­tors to make a pil­grim­age to the front door of his pri­vate homes as is the case with the fa­mous Ro­bie House on the cam­pus of the Univer­sity of Chicago. He thought­fully de­signed stained glass win­dows to fit within an over­all de­sign aes­thetic. For in­stance. Wright’s col­or­ful stained glass win­dows for the chil­dren’s play­house of the Avery Coon­ley House in River­side, IL fo­cused on the fam­ily’s ac­tive life­style with young chil­dren.

Wright’s build­ings made the hearth the cen­ter of the home. The nu­cleus of his res­i­den­tial struc­tures, the fire­place served as a meet­ing place in Wright’s home de­signs with am­ple seat­ing and room for a large roar­ing fire as is the case in Wright’s ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign of the mas­sive hearth in the Dar­win D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY.

Wright de­signed all as­pects of his build­ings which be­came a main­stay in the his­tory of ar­chi­tec­ture. It fol­lows that while many of Wright’s build­ings have been on the real es­tate mar­ket for high prices, his fur­nish­ings and de­sign el­e­ments from these houses are cap­ti­vat­ing to col­lec­tors. The mar­ket for Wright’s de­sign ob­jects in­di­cate the cur­rent in­ter­est in ar­chi­tec­tural sal­vage, vin­tage and an­tique fur­nish­ing and ac­ces­sories. Wright was a highly re­spected de­signer from the foun­da­tion of his build­ings to the fur­nish­ings. Wright de­signed win­dows in stained and leaded glass, chairs, ta­bles, serv­ing pieces, built in seat­ing spa­ces and stor­age ar­eas, tex­tiles, car­pets, light fix­tures, planters, sculp­tures, etc. These ob­jects have be­come of great in­ter­est to col­lec­tors.

Some in­ter­est­ing Wright ob­jects demon­strate the in­ter­est in ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments as a sec­tor of the an­tiques mar­ket as well as the way col­lec­tors are en­gaged to live among Wrigh­t­ian ob­jects. Pop­u­lar Wright ob­jects range from light fix­tures and stained­glass win­dows to lounge chairs and car­pet rem­nants. Here are the top Wright ob­jects that have sold on the mar­ket in the last year showing the in­ter­est in Frank Lloyd Wright as a de­signer:

1. Hang­ing lamp, John Storer House, Hol­ly­wood, CA, 1923 $36,000

2. Lounge chair, Clarence Son­dern House, Kansas City, MO, 1939$15,000

3. Stained glass win­dow, Lake Geneva Ho­tel, Lake Geneva, WI, 1911 $10,000

4. Stained glass win­dow, Avery Coon­ley House, River­side, IL 1908 $8,500

5. Leather chair, Fran­cis W. Lit­tle House, Wayzata, MN, circa 1906 $4,750

6. Stand­ing oak desk, Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, IL, 1905 $4,500

7. Up­hol­stered bench, Uni­tar­ian Meet­ing House, Madi­son, WI, 1951 $3,500

8. Waste bas­ket, Larkin Build­ing, Buffalo, NY, circa 1906 $2,100

9. Bound car­pet rem­nant, Ari­zona Bilt­more, Phoenix, AZ, 1929$300

10. Buffalo Pot­tery china plate with Larkin Co. logo by Wright, circa 1905 $150

As Wright en­thu­si­asts con­sider tak­ing on the project of buy­ing and up­dat­ing a Wright home or build­ing, many lovers of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture are quite sat­is­fied with a planter, waste bas­ket or rug de­signed by Wright. To­day, these ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments are be­come much eas­ier to find and af­ford. Dr. Lori Verder­ame is the au­thor, Ph.D. an­tiques ap­praiser, and award-winning TV per­son­al­ity who ap­pears on His­tory chan­nel’s #1 show, The Curse of Oak Is­land. With a Ph.D. from Penn State Univer­sity and vast ap­praisal ex­pe­ri­ence, Dr. Lori presents ap­praisal events to world­wide au­di­ences. Visit www.DrLoriV. com/events or call (888) 4311010.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dar­win D. Martin house, Buffalo, NY.

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