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Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Mahogany Sideboard Credenza, estimated at $8,000-$10,000 at Liberty & 33rd.

Frank Lloyd Wright for Heritage Henredon furniture collection emerges at Liberty & 33rd June 25

SOUTH BEND, IN — Some have suggested that the legendary architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright was too far ahead of his time, with many of his works receiving ample criticism upon debut. The Guggenheim Museum in New York had many aghast at its completely non-conforming design when it finally opened after three years of Manhattan construction in 1959. And so too did Wright’s consumer-friendly furniture collection, known as Taliesin, suffer and quietly expire only in its second year of production, which lasted from 1955 to 1956.

Wright (1867-1959) was already nearing his demise when he set out to find a manufacturing partner for the Taliesin Line, as it was marketed. He reached an agreement with Heritage-Henredon Furniture Industries of Morganton, North Carolina. Named after his landmark homes in Spring Green, Wisconsin (aka Taliesin East) and Scottsdale, Arizona (Taliesin West), the Taleisin Line was fully mid-century modern in its aesthetics, though pieces also bore Wright’s Aztec-like geometric patterns on various edges, a design that was off-putting to many consumers of the period.

In all, more than 60 Taliesin pieces would be presented to consumers, and today, they are prized by mid-century modern and Wright-focused collectors. Liberty & 33rd Furniture‘s Tuesday, June 25 Arts & Crafts: Stickley, Tiffany and More sale features nine Taliesin Line pieces, offering collectors a wide-ranging opportunity to begin or add to their Wright furniture collections. The complete catalog is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

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