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Antiques Considered - August 29, 2012

 

This pair of French beds has belonged to a family for many years, having been acquired in France.  The wood has a gesso overlayment, upon which the painting has been applied.  They have a few scratches and dings, but are in generally good condition.  The owners do not know what the wood under the finish is.  The owners are questioning whether to have the surfaces of the beds restored.

These beds date from the nineteenth century, and are typical of the style of that era, which corresponds with what we should term Sheraton, but probably are from the period of the Second Empire or early Third Republic.  The lines are good, and the few nicks do not affect the value appreciably.  

French furniture remains popular, as I noted in last week's column about the semainier.  It sells well on the auction market, and in shops.  These are especially nice examples, but I caution that they might require custom-made mattresses and springs due to the difference in measurements coming from French cabinetmakers following the metric system.  They also might require custom-made spreads and sheets.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 29, 2012

Antiques Considered - August 22, 2012

This French semainier belonged to a lady of French descent, who inherited the piece from a friend.  The owner recently died, and the piece now belongs to her daughter.    The primary wood appears to be a form of fruitwood, and the secondary wood is oak.  The marble top is dark gray, and in perfect condition.  The chest retains its original hardware. 

This piece is a great example of fine French furniture of the nineteenth century.  It dates from the 1840s, during the reign of Louis Philippe, who styled his monarchy, which lasted form 1830 to 1848,  as the Kingdom of the French, rather than of France, as the regime had been known for over 800 years.  He was known as a bourgeois king, who was popular with the people until he was overthrown during the Revolution of 1848.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 22, 2012

Antiques Considered - August 15, 2012

 

This week a writer from Boston, Mass. has asked via e-mail about this oak chest that is part of an estate he is settling. He has been offered $100 for it, and asks whether that is a fair price.

This chest, or as some would call it, dresser, is a good example of its period and genre. It dates from the turn of the twentieth century, and is factory-made. The lines are good, and the finish appears to be original. The mirror is beveled, and the feet, not shown in this photograph, are cabriole in shape. The façade with five drawers is serpentine, and the piece still has its original wooden pulls. The ends are paneled.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 15, 2012

Antiques Considered - August 1, 2012

 

A local family purchased  this Hepplewhite butler's desk at a retirement home where an elderly couple was moving to assisted living.  The previous owners were unable to provide any history of the piece, except to say it had been in their family for many generations.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 1, 2012

Antiques Considered - July 25, 2012

 

This antique scale belongs to an old Northern Neck family that once ran the store in which it was used. It has been in the family for over one hundred years, and is in excellent condition. The pan is tin, and the scale itself is steel, the family thinks, plated with nickel.  The marble retains its original polished shine.  It still measures things correctly, and the family uses it during summer months to weigh garden produce.  Unfortunately, it bears no maker’s identification.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 25, 2012

 

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