All the pages listed here are about the Monterey genre of furniture items, and possibly pottery that goes with the style of that period. While our primary business is conserving and proper restoration of the objects, we are offered to a good amount of excellent pieces of Imperial, Coronado, Del Rey, Brown & Saltman, and of course, Mason Monterey. Our focus is on the period we love best, which is circa 1930-1940.
We are currently undertaking the sales of all of the above. Currently we have:
- Richardson Estate
- Mason Monterey from Frank Crowe Estate (coming soon)
- Miscellaneous pieces
Our policy: Restorative work is fully disclosed. If we detect the items were previously restored it says this clearly, and if they were conserved, restored or repaired by MPF Conservation we state this clearly.
MASON MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Frank Mason founded the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles in 1919, primarily as a lamp manufacturing company. “Monterey” furniture was born in the 1920’s, growing out of the Hollywood design studios. The style is derived from Spanish and Dutch Colonial, Pennsylvania Dutch, California Mission architecture and furnishings, cowboy accoutrements such as might even be found in a barn (lariats and branding irons), and simple ranch furnishings.
Eventually the line was marketed by the Barker Brothers, Meier & Frank, Bullocks, etc. Other pages of discussion and information regarding western furniture:
All come with a letter of provenance signed by his granddaughter.
Born in Trenholmville, Quebec, Frank Crowe was one of the most influential people in building dams.
In 1924, Frank Crowe joined the construction firm of Morrison Knudsen in Idaho. Morrison-Knudsen had recently signed a partnership with the larger Utah Construction Company to build dams.
Crowe pioneered two practices that are crucial to the construction of large dams. The first was a pneumatic delivery system to transport concrete and the second was a system of overhead cables to allow the pneumatic concrete to be pumped at any point on the construction site. With this technique, Crowe built some of the largest dams in the American west, including Hoover Dam, Parker Dam 155 miles (249 km) downstream from Hoover; Copper Basin and Gene Wash Dams on the Colorado Aqueduct system; and Shasta Dam in Northern California.
He retired in 1944 to his 20,000-acre (81 km2) cattle ranch near Redding, California, where he died of a heart attack on February 26, 1946. The furniture was part of this estate, some of which was lost in a fire. It has lived with the family intact.
Local owner who kept items in impeccable condition.
$ priced separately
Mason Monterey highly decorated Smokey Maple Bedroom set in one of the most highly desirable painted floral pattern, circa 1932. The original set had one owner. The set is in good condition, with little damage as described below. (We are quite picky.) All are in excellent condition structurally. The original finish is lovely, as it should be, distressed but good. MPF Conservation performed slight touchup on knobs, center of the bed back where the owner laid against it. Monterey name brand and horseshoe are on back.
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The original set had one owner, we being the second. The matching pieces are in good condition, with damage as described with images on the detail page. It consists of:
- two twin beds (Mexican carrying water motif),
- a center bedside table (twin cactus motif),
- a lowboy chest of drawers (cactus motif),
- a highboy chest of drawers (Mexican carrying water motif), and
- a mirror (Sleeping Mexican motif).
All of the pieces are marked but the bedside table with the burned horse shoe and name. All appear to be from the same time frame as they are all marked with the same items numbers, “780.”
Contact us if you have further questions.