Posted 5 years ago
Karpen "Guaranteed Construction" Furniture
My grandmother recently asked me to help her sell a few antique furnishings, one of which is this lovely tiger-striped hardwood table made by Karpen Furniture.* It was given to her by a family friend about 20 years ago who I believe to be the original owner. I know this family friend lived in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles around 1935, and suspect that is where the table was purchased. But I am not positive about that.
Any details on the time period, style and/or significance of this piece would be much appreciated.
*Karpen Furniture, Chicago. 1880-1952. Solomon Karpen, founder. (S. Karpen & Bros., Karpen Brothers). This Prussian-born cabinetmaker rose to become one of the leading furniture manufacturers in the United States, bringing all eight of his brothers into the business. They expanded into New York and California, selling every type and style of furniture, including Arts & Crafts.