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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

8.09.2006

Karl Springer



watermelon red faux sharkskin Springer table from VHUE



Classic regency chair by Springer with frame entirely covered in green shagreen, available through Todd Merrill

If you are a design student taking a course in furniture history this fall, or if you just enjoy soaking up all you can about furniture design, Google Karl Springer. This noted 20th century designer is known for sleek pieces lacquered with texturally rich surfaces such as linen and exotic skins. Today his furniture is widely copied.

12 comments:

Sara said...

I love all the red tables shown in the images on your posts! And I love learning about different designers, and the influences of their work, so I really should Google Karl Springer.

style court said...

Glad you like the red tables! Obviously I'm very drawn to them too :)

retirementcommunities.us said...

My father Joseph Spohr of Spohrglas worked with Karl Springer and Ron Seff for many years, starting in the mid-seventies. he made many of their glass pieces, without attribution to him. but i have all the invoice etc to show provenance. I have inherited many pieces with clear provenance , including glass screens, sconces, vases, prototype pieced leather bench, shagreen box and photo frame, silver and gold leaf mirrors, bent glass chair etc. I would like to know how I could find out their value.
Thank you,
Jessica Malta

Style Court said...

Hi Jessica,

How interesting. I will try to get back to you with links to appraisers or sources.

Style Court said...

Jessica,

For starters, I think the official web site for Antiques Roadshow is helpful:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/roadshow/

It contains links to a variety of experts and auction houses that often do appraisals. Sounds like you need a reputable appraiser who specializes in mid-century.

I'll try to follow up again with a few more links.
Courtney

Style Court said...

Might be helpful for research:

http://www.artandantiques.net/

www.appraisers.org

Style Court said...

Jessica, one more source:

http://www.isa-appraisers.org/

retirementcommunities.us said...

thanks for all the info- i will be following up on your ideas. if anything else occurs to you, let me know. it may take me awhile to develop a coherent plan, but, until i started to get info it seemed impossible. now i know where to start. my father was (is) a wonderful artist and craftsman who made beautiful and top quality thigs. that i know about karl springer- he would pay for the best.

Style Court said...

Jessica,

Maybe you could send digital images with a letter to Christie's or Doyle (please check their sites, listed on Antiques Roadshow, to verify that they accept images but I think they do.) This could be a good jumping off point. Good luck!

Kim said...

I used to work for a company called Matthews & Parker. The owner was Karl Springer's protege. After Karl passed, he bought all the rights to Karl's designs. I know that he used to authenticate Karl Springer pieces. You might want to contact him. His name is Mark Eckman and his email is mandpltd@optonline.net.

TJ said...

Please visit - karlspringerfurnitureauthentication.com - Jessica Malta can vouch for my authenticity in regards to working closely with Karl Springer for 15 years. Karl was my good friend and mentor.

Thanks, Tom

TJ said...

Forgot to mention that I authenticate Karl Springer furniture for not only many dealers, but also for people wishing to purchase pieces. Thanks - Tom