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Antiques Considered - December 1, 2010

A lady from North Carolina inherited this enameled glass vase from her grandmother, along with several similar pieces, which are not in as good condition.  The color is pale blue, and the painting is bright.  It has no chips or cracks, as well as no maker’s mark.

This vase is typical of late-Victorian glassware.  It is almost certainly American, probably from one of the Ohio glassworks.  The crenellated rim at the top indicates a high level of sophistication, and the painting is quite fine.  The pale blue shade was a great favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, when this vase was made.  I date it from the period 1880 to 1900.Colored and enameled glassware continues to grow in popularity.  The more ornate the shape and enameling, the better.  A discerning customer, who died earlier this year, was a pre-eminent authority on colored glass, and was happy to share her knowledge with others.  I frequently asked her opinion on the topic, and respected her judgment.  The best compliment I can pay this vase is to say that she would have found it very pleasing, a view corroborated by my good wife.

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Antiques Considered - November 24, 2010

 This oriental table belongs to a family in Lancaster County, which has owned it for several generations.  The wood is teak and the insert is soapstone or marble.  The ornate inlay is mother-of-pearl.  It has some fading of the wooden frame, but has not been refinished.
The table is probably Japanese, and dates from the end of the nineteenth or beginning of the twentieth century.  One of the keys of dating the table is to note the height.  It was made for export to the West, where the modern taste for lower furniture was coming into vogue.  A great burst of interest in oriental pieces occurred in that time span, and has continued thereafter.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 24, 2010

Antiques Considered - November 17, 2010

The mother of a lady from Connecticut, who settled in Lancaster County, acquired this Louis XVI table many years ago at an antique shop. The marble is brown with white and purplish streaks in it. The exposed wood is mahogany, and the finish is original, including the painted surfaces. The      ormolu has not been polished.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 17, 2010

Antiques Considered - November 10, 2010

This week we have an unusual topic.  Many years ago a couple, who lived in one of the finest Antebellum homes in Lancaster County, asked me to appraise their Shenandoah Valley huntboard. They had acquired it early in their marriage, and wanted to insure it prior to a move out of the area.  Soon thereafter they left, and I never saw them again.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 10, 2010

Antiques Considered - November 3, 2010

The owners of this piecrust table have prized it for the last forty years since purchasing it from a noted antiques dealer in Georgetown. He told them it was English. It is mahogany with the original hand-forged, three-armed, bracket holding the three legs to the column still in place, as well as the original clasp holding the top in place. The finish is old, but not original, and structurally the table is in untouched condition.
Indeed this table is of British origin, dating from the late eighteenth century, the high point of the Georgian Period of great British cabinetmaking. The shaping of the legs and reeding of the column are of exceptional quality. The hand tooling of the top is excellent. That the table has been refinished does adversely affect its overall value, but it still is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. The wood appears to be Honduran mahogany, one of the darkest strains of that species.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 3, 2010

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