Mason Monterey, Imperial, Coronado, Del Rey and California Tile FOR SALE

W16 6 Juan Tinoco painting dtl copyAll 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. 

For more info on Monterey and conservation, visit our website, where we have many pages of Monterey pieces to view.

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.

2 BKRND CKSY MONT DESK AFTER 83Eventually the line was marketed by the Barker Brothers, Meier & Frank, Bullocks, etc.

Other pages of discussion and information regarding western furniture:

 

RICHARDSON ESTATE

Local owner who kept items in impeccable condition.
Click on the item to be taken to the page with further info and images.

Smokey Maple Floral Motif
Mason Monterey RARE 4-Cushion Sofa

with original paint and original fabric!

$4500

The footprint is approximately 100″ x 36″ or
8’4″ x 3’0″ so the space it commands is quite large.

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Transitional Mason Monterey Blonde 4-Drawer Dresser
+ Matching Mirror
with original paint and original fabric!

$850 or best offer

Mirror and dresser are in excellent structural condition, with original paint in a color I’ve not seen before.  This is not unusual for Mason Bros., as they frequently experimented with styles and colors, sold them, and never duplicated that color again.
Hardware is also the original paint color.
All drawer skids are in good condition, mirror is secure and we are selling this as a set.

Smokey Maple Drop-Leaf Desk + 2 Chairs with original finish!

$1750 or best offer

Desk is in excellent structural condition, with original paint in nearly flawless Smokey Maple.  Hardware is also the original paint color.
All drawer skids are in good condition. We are offering this as a set but will break up.

Many more images on second page.

We accept cash, check, money order or PayPal;
PayPal is charged an additional 2.9% processing fee
(what they charge us) which is $29 per $1000.
Local delivery $175 or you can pick it up;
Delivery out of the Portland/Vancouver area to be determined.
Contact us for further information or to place order: dbdcat @ aol.com (remove spaces).

 

Mason Monterey Smokey Maple Floral Bedroom Set:
Twin Bed, Desk, High-boy Dresser, Mirror ca 1932

$3525

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.
Click to view more images.


W16 6 Juan Tinoco painting dtl BANNER

DOZENS OF MASON MONTEREY PIECES
FROM THE FRANK CROWE ESTATE

Some have sold; more posted all the time.

SIX PIECE JUAN TINOCO STYLE BEDROOM SET BY MASON MONTEREY  SOLD

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.

8 Responses to Mason Monterey, Imperial, Coronado, Del Rey and California Tile FOR SALE

  1. Steve Beck says:

    I am a 71 year old born in Southern California and I was raised as a young boy seeing a lot of Mission and Monterey Furniture … I have never seen this “Southwestern” motif before and these pieces are a remarkable example of Monterey. Thanks for the trip in time to my childhood!

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    • Hi Steve,

      We have a bit of info here on the blog (see the top right) on Juan Duran Tinoco, the Mexican artist responsible for so many of the amazing themed motifs on both Mason and Coronado furniture. He died in 1988, before anyone could figure out who he was based on his signature. If you google him, there are wonderful examples of his paintings on the web. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Mitzi Raabe says:

    I have a complete Imperial bedroom set that is in pretty good condition (desk top needs tlc and chair seat is missing). I just have a couple of questions. Is the imperial style more desirable and perhaps more valuable than later styles? I live in Virginia, not exactly the heart of cowboy/spanish influenced country. How difficult will it be to sell? Auction perhaps? I am afraid of trying to clean it up, after reading of your courageous feats done on the NPS furniture. Do you recommend anything I can do to spruce it up? It has been in the family since day one and other than lemon oil, I don’t think it has been touched. Any time you can give me is greatly appreciated. I’m working on getting some snaps of it.

    Thanks,

    Mitzi Raabe

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    • zenkatwrites says:

      Hi Mitzi,

      Imperial is not Mason Monterey, just to be clear, because some people think it is a style of Mason’s.

      Frankly, it is sturdier furniture, and one of my favorites. Their detail’s are wonderful. It was produced at the same time as Mason’s styles by the Imperial company, which made many other styles of furniture. Excellent that the original finish in intact!

      First, stop using lemon oil. I am assuming that this furniture is a painted finish that looks like old wood? A damp rag that does not have loops (we do not recommend a washrag, but diaper cloth is good) would be the best thing to clean it. Most oils eventually undermine the painted finish and dull the slightly dusty look that is what you want. In fact, cleaning agents of most kinds hurt many finishes and it is unfortunate because hardware store people do not ask all the right questions about your furniture — they point you to the aisle!

      BTW, the Imperial collection at Crater Lake is not finished — we still need to go back up and put the final dust coat on it, but the anniversary was coming and people had to sit on it and our work was emergency! It should look like the lamp we have in the store.

      Regarding value and possible ways to sell the pieces, send me an email with some good pictures embedded. dkatiepowell (@) aol.com

      Best, Kate

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  3. johnny ward says:

    I just bought a 40″ vanity at a Seattle reclamation store, Second Use. The back of the vanity is stamped with an upside down horseshoe and the name, “Monterey”, this is burned into the back. Next to it is an ink stamp which reads, “Meier and Frank” and what I believe is the finish paint color of the vanity, “Carmel and Blue”. It is a 7 drawer vanity with bamboo embellishments and moderately ornate woodworking on the drawer sides. I think it’s beautiful, I paid only $40.00 and it is in excellent condition. Any ideas about it?

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  4. Martha says:

    Johnny Ward, Meier and Frank was [is?] the name of a large department store chain. May have been the seller of the piece of furniture. You are lucky to find the piece. I have several Mason Monterey “style” pieces of furniture, but they are not signed as such.

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    • Hi Martha,

      Oddly, our studio is within throwing distance of the headquarters of the old Montgomery Ward building. Yes, I think they were.
      Is your furniture perhaps Del Rey or Coronado? Or simply unsigned. They did not always sign the furniture.

      Best, Kate

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