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Value of a Conant Ball Couch?

I have a Conant Ball solid wood couch, with red cushions and pillows. It is very heavy. I would appreciate any information. Piece# 3376

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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The Conant ball furniture goes for quite a bit of money. The designer is Russel Wright and many people think this is the most beautiful furniture ever. You are more than likely looking at around $2000 to $3000 for this piece. If you want to learn more you can post it on this site and ask them about it. They have experts there that can give you the real price this is worth. www.antiquers.com/.../

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December 3, 20190 found this helpful
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Conant Ball pieces can be quite valuable and I have never seen one like yours with that amazing cathedral style back and those heavy arms.

I peg this piece from the late 1960s or laterpossibly as late as the 1970s by my estimation, based on the note that there is Urethene in the content. From my research, I have learned that Urethene (wasnt marketed until around 1967). I am trying to remember when the need to spell out country of origin came and I can't lay my fingers on my regs and Google is not cooperating for me this morning. Somehow 1972 sticks in my brain, but that may have been something for toys, not furniture. Anyhow...the Urethene gives a good starting point for dating your piece--it has to be AFTER Urethene was marketed.

Be careful when doing your research as I have found that there are re-sellers that use spam words to get attention on their ads, when it is not true.

In this case, you will see Conant Ball and designer Russel Wright listed together to get attention to the piece. Russel Wright was a very prolific furniture designer (also designed dishes and other house hold items) and he did design for Conant Ball early in his career.

I do not think this is a Wright piece for the following reasonshis style was primarily art deco and some mid century modern and this is neither style. It is more early American in style.

Also, by most accounts he left Conant in the 1950s and this piece is much older. Also, his pieces were primarily marked with a wood burn that said designed by Russel Wrightwhich if your piece had that would be on the underside some where (so be sure to check)--I could be totally wrong about what I am seeing here--which is the danger of trying to assess something just from a few photos.

That all said, the Conant brand is still sought after on its on in most places in the US and some other countries. You also have in your favor that this an unusual piece with that interesting back on the piece (not regular old boring slats).

What is not in its favor is that is a dark wood and a bulky piece. What is still hot right now is the mid-century modern (MCM) lines (think 1950s/1960s Danish furniture that was the pre-courser of Ikea). Sadly some people (AKA furniture shoppers) may call your couch/sofa brown furniture (which is not popular at the moment).

Since you have this mix of great name and not so popular style, it is important to get this piece into the right market and that is probably not something you can do on your own, unless you have a higher end resale shop to help or are an experienced seller who is able to get the piece into an auction.

My best suggestion is to have a professional (resale shop or vintage or antique shopalthough your piece is not an antiquesome take vintage) sell the piece for you either in a shop or in a real auction (NOT EBAY) setting where the right eyes can see it.

As to value, that is going to be market based. I was not able to find any ASKING OR SOLD examples, to get you a general current market value. The dealer you take it to can help you value it for your market. My hope is you are in a high demand, low supply area which will command a higher price.

The piece that Ana saw at $3,200 on Chairish is a MCM piece which is why it has such a high asking priceif you look at that piece, you can clearly see the difference lines between a MCM piece and yours. Both have their appeal and totally different audiences.

The other thing with that high price is it as an ASKING price, not the SOLD price. I have found on many sites (especially Chairish) they super inflate their prices and then have these sales so they can get what they really want for a piece because people love to get a bargain at 50-60-70 percent off.

Please post back how your sale goes!

Thanks for sharing this neat piece!

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful

There is a similar conant couch on Charish.com going for $3200.00 Excellent condition!

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful

This is expensive furniture. There are two pieces on Chairish today. One is over $3000 and the other is over $4000. www.chairish.com/.../sofas?brands.name=Conant+Ball

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