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A Northern Neck family recently brought this school desk down from a barn loft, where it had lain for more years than any of the family can remember. The wood is walnut, and the finish is original, although the felt on the top appears to be an old replacement. The interior is open, with a few cubbyholes. The owners would like to clean the piece and to replace the felt. They are questioning whether or not to leave the felt or not.
The desk dates form the 1870s, and reflects the earlier nineteenth-century Sheraton style in the turned legs. It is a schoolmaster’s desk, designed to give the teacher some privacy from the
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:06
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During the Saint Clement’s Island Museum Appraiser Fair ten days ago several people brought in some especially fine pieces of Roseville pottery. Today Roseville is one of the most collectible forms of American art pottery, whereas a generation ago it was not well known and had a small collector base. Most of the factory’s pieces, made in the first half of the last century, went on the market unsigned except for the embossed factory name on the undersides of the pieces.
The pieces at last week’s event were unsigned, but of superb quality. The bowl pictured is
- Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 21:13
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This past Saturday I traveled over to the Saint Clement's Island Museum for the annual Appraiser Fair, as I have for the last 12 years. The Museum is one of the finest regional history presentations I ever have seen. The exhibits are first class, and the staff is impressively professional.
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A gentleman in Richmond County purchased this chest from an antique dealer in Lottsburg, in Northumberland County, about 25 years ago for $175. The dealer told him that it had come in a container shipment from Denmark. Other than polishing it, the owner has done nothing to the piece.
This piece dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. The design is typical of the work of German or Scandinavian cabinet shops from that period, the style is a form of Renaissance Revival.
The wood appears to be walnut with interesting marquetry using other wood veneers in the panels flanking the
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:56
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Returning to last week’s theme of the Washington Winter Antique Show, I spoke with another dealer whom I had not known previously. His name is William Adair, and he operates Gold Leaf Studios in Washington.
His exhibit showed the full panoply of frames that his firm has restored. The business covers the gamut of framing options, making sure that the proper surround is present for each work of art.
The business has the capability to restore or replicate any possible frame, including the carving of intricate woodwork, the matching of delicate gold leafing and tempura finishes, and the refitting of older frames to be “married” to paintings or bas reliefs. I stood in awe of the masterful projects they have undertaken.