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Antiques Considered - July 6, 2011

Recently I received an inquiry about this doorknocker that he purchased years ago from an antique dealer here in Virginia for $5.00.  It is cast iron and weighs several pounds.  It is encrusted with many layers of paint, the accumulation of which has lessened the crispness of the relief.  He used the knocker on his rear door, where unfortunately no one saw it.  Now his wife is urging him to sell it.

This piece dates from the middle of the nineteenth century and is typical of the style of

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Antiques Considered - June 29, 2011

 

An e-mail from a couple in the Northern Neck describes the gentleman’s purchase of this Celadon planter in the Deep South almost 40 years ago.  He bought it from an interior decorator, whose advertisements he later saw in national magazines.  She told him that she knew nothing of the piece’s history, but could “let him have it” for $85.  The piece is perfect, with no cracks or chips.

 Celadon is one of the finest forms of Chinese porcelain.  That nation first discovered the means of firing that enabled the making of extremely hard and durable porcelain.  This piece combines the two Chinese

Read more: Antiques Considered - June 29, 2011

Antiques Considered - June 22, 2011

  A lady in Northumberland County acquired this spool cabinet many years ago.  It is worn; the leatherette inset on the top is missing, and the lettering is faded.  It sits on an old, but not original to the piece, frame.  The frame and the cabinet are of two different tones. She asks about having it refinished or not.  Several small pieces of wood are replacements.
 The spool cabinet dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth

Read more: Antiques Considered - June 22, 2011

Antiques Considered - June 15, 2011

 

A couple in the Northern Neck bought these two pieces of majolica separately many years ago.  They bear no markings of identification.  The colors on each are vibrant and the modeling is excellent, but each shows significant damage.  The pitcher has a chunk missing from the rim, but the broken pieces are inside.  The sculptured vase has a whole petal missing, and the pieces are lost.  The owners wish to know if the pieces merit repair.

Majolica is a type of tin-glazed pottery, similar to French Faience or Mediterranean pottery.  The

Read more: Antiques Considered - June 15, 2011

Antiques Considered - June 8, 2011

A writer from California has inquired about this painting of the historic Chamberlin Hotel at Old Point Comfort in Hampton.  The artist was Hughson Hawley, who inscribed and signed it in 1893.

The Chamberlin sits at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula, adjoining Fort Monroe and the casemate where Jefferson Davis spent a year in prison after the conclusion of the War Between the States.  It overlooks the entirety of Hampton Roads, and for over a century was one of the most popular resorts in America.

The Old Bay Line terminal adjoined the hotel, which provided lodging for travelers arriving by steamboat. A short hop away was the ferry terminal for the crossing of

Read more: Antiques Considered - June 8, 2011

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