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Luce Furniture Company Louis XVI Black Marble Top Painted Sideboard
The Luce Furniture Company of Grand Rapds, Michigan came into being after Ransom C. Luce became president of McCord and ...
moreThe Luce Furniture Company of Grand Rapds, Michigan came into being after Ransom C. Luce became president of McCord and Bradfield Furniture Company in 1880. Luce was one of the founding partners of McCord and Bradfield. The company changed it's name to Luce in 1896.
Luce became the world's largest manufacturer exclusively of bedroom and dining room suites. They specialized first in the Glasgow and English Arts and Crafts style due to staff designer Thomas Handley who was trained at Waring and Gillow of London. Luce began manufacturing period revival furniture in the 1910s and 1920s with new design hires Stanley Holt Stirrup (also trained at Waring and Gillow) and Thomas Johnson, also a Londoner. Johnson specialized in designing the Great Luce Line of period revival suites. The sideboard shown here would have been designed by Stirrup or Johnson. and would have been offered for sale anytime between 1916 and 1929.
The original Luce ad shown is from 1916 and shows a similar design aesthetic to the piece shown here.
The company trademark on this piece (as shown in photo) features the word "LUCE" in slender, upper case letters. This trademark was used from at least 1909 through the 1920s.
Luce sold in 1930 and was reorganized to reopen in 1935 with a line of Art Deco furniture.
This Luce Louis XVI sideboard is constructed of oak and painted in the playful pastel colors of golden yellow and green found on mid-to-late 18th century French styles. The top is black marble. The decorative elements are based on traditional classicism favored in the Louis XV and XVI styles; acanthus leaves, laurel leaf swags, and the Greek key motif. The paintings feature the cherubs and flowers preferred in art in the late 18th century. The overall aesthetic is feminine, fine, and dainty. The single large drawer has two storage sections divided by one partition.
This piece may be utilized as a sideboard, entry table, butler's table, pier table, etc. and will blend well with Louis XIV, XV, XVI and Italian Renaissance interiors. It will also complement Art Deco, Paris Apartment, French Cottage, and other eclectic styles. It will be a fine companion for Berkey and Gay and Widdicombe hand painted furniture collections.
Please expect minor signs of past use as this is an antique aged 89 to 102 years of age. The marble is fine, but you may notice signs of paint wear and chipping to decorative elements.
- 54ʺW × 19ʺD × 56ʺH
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Black Marble
- Good Condition, Vintage / Antique / Used, Restored, Some Imperfections
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- Item is 89 to 102 years old. We have cleaned this piece and waxed it, but you may still notice ... moreItem is 89 to 102 years old. We have cleaned this piece and waxed it, but you may still notice patina from years of exposure. There are some minor chips and cracking to decorative details. Overall piece is sturdy and ready for use. less
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