Frank Lloyd Wright 1867–1959

During his seventy year career as an architect, Frank Lloyd Wright created more than 1,100 designs, half of which were realized and a large portion of which came about later in his life. Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1867. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1885 to study civil engineering, completing only two years of the program. After working for Joseph Silsbee on the construction of the Unity Chapel in Oak Park, Illinois Wright decided to pursue a career in architecture and he moved to Chicago where he began an apprenticeship at the famed architectural firm Adler and Sullivan, working directly with Louis Sullivan until 1893.

After parting ways, Wright moved to Oak Park. Working from his home studio, he developed a system of design developed from grid units and rooted in an appreciation of natural materials that would come to be known as the Prairie School of Architecture and would change the landscape of American design forever. Wright devoted himself to teaching and writing during the 1920s and 1930s. 1935 marked the beginning of an immense surge of creativity and productivity as he began work on his most celebrated residential design, Fallingwater. In the 1940s and 1950s Wright focused on his Usonian designs that reflected his belief in democratic architecture, offering middle-class residential options. In 1943, Wright took on his most demanding commission, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The museum, which would open its doors six months after his death in 1959, would be called his most significant work.

Auction Results Frank Lloyd Wright

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Taliesin game table and set of four chairs | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin game table and set of four chairs

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $3,380
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Southern Elevation drawing for Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Southern Elevation drawing for Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $8,750
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, window from the Francis Little House, Peoria | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

window from the Francis Little House, Peoria

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Side chair from Price Tower | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Side chair from Price Tower

estimate: $7,000–9,000
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, window from the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

window from the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,375
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, chair from the Francis Little House, Peoria | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

chair from the Francis Little House, Peoria

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Cabinet | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Cabinet

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Presentation drawing for the Vincent Scully House, Woodbridge, CT | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Presentation drawing for the Vincent Scully House, Woodbridge, CT

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,120
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Cabinet | ragoarts.com

Frank Lloyd Wright

Cabinet

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000