John Risley 1919–2001

John Risley was an accomplished sculptor, artist, and furniture designer from Waterville, Maine whose skills were honed while obtaining degrees from Amherst College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. He taught at Cranbrook and also served as the wood products designer for the United States Mutual Security Agency prior to becoming a professor at Wesleyan University in 1954, where he remained until retiring in 1987. He was best known for bringing a sense of humor to his work and received international acclaim for his satirical drawings and cartoons, even winning a first prize at the 1983 Festival of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria.

Auction Results John Risley

JOHN RISLEY, chairs, pair | wright20.com

John Risley

chairs, pair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,800
JOHN RISLEY, dining set | wright20.com

John Risley

dining set

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,250
JOHN RISLEY, bench | wright20.com

John Risley

bench

estimate: $1,200–1,500
result: $3,120
JOHN RISLEY, rare Duyan lounge chair | wright20.com

John Risley

rare Duyan lounge chair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500
JOHN RISLEY, settee | wright20.com

John Risley

settee

estimate: $900–1,200
result: $2,032
JOHN RISLEY, settee | wright20.com

John Risley

settee

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,820
JOHN RISLEY, Duyan lounge chair | wright20.com

John Risley

Duyan lounge chair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,750
JOHN RISLEY, settee | wright20.com

John Risley

settee

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,725
JOHN RISLEY, settee | wright20.com

John Risley

settee

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,500
JOHN RISLEY, chair and ottoman | wright20.com

John Risley

chair and ottoman

estimate: $900–1,200
result: $1,375
JOHN RISLEY, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

John Risley

lounge chair and ottoman

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,063
JOHN RISLEY, Duyan stool | wright20.com

John Risley

Duyan stool

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,040
JOHN RISLEY, chairs, pair | wright20.com

John Risley

chairs, pair

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,000
JOHN RISLEY, ottoman | wright20.com

John Risley

ottoman

estimate: $400–500
result: $875
JOHN RISLEY, tea cart | wright20.com

John Risley

tea cart

estimate: $500–700
result: $750
JOHN RISLEY, wire ottoman | wright20.com

John Risley

wire ottoman

estimate: $400–500
result: $510
JOHN RISLEY, Untitled | wright20.com

John Risley

Untitled

estimate: $500–700
result: $500
JOHN RISLEY, settee and chair | wright20.com

John Risley

settee and chair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
JOHN RISLEY, beetle | wright20.com

John Risley

beetle

estimate: $1,000–1,500
JOHN RISLEY, Leaf table | wright20.com

John Risley

Leaf table

estimate: $1,000–1,500
JOHN RISLEY, chairs, set of five | wright20.com

John Risley

chairs, set of five

estimate: $5,000–7,000