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Antiques Considered - November 4, 2009

Many years ago a lady in Kilmarnock befriended an elderly antique dealer from New York. Once when taking her for a ride, they stopped at an antique shop and the passenger insisted on buying this antique Victorian sofa for her friend. The latter has kept it in storage, waiting to see what to do with it. The donor died about 10 years ago, and the owner is trying to decide what now to do with the piece.

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Antiques Considered - October 21, 2009

Three years ago a lady in Northumberland County inherited this dresser and Surrender Table from her parents.  They are painted alike decoratively, but obviously have nothing else in common.  The dresser has the original glass in the mirror and has paneled ends.  The drawers are not dovetailed, but instead have drilled pegs holding them together.

Surrender Tables are not rare.  The name comes from the table on which General Robert E. Lee signed the documents of surrender at the McLean House in Appomattox.  This one has good lines, and probably is of poplar or walnut.  It dates from the mid-nineteenth century.

The dresser has nice proportions, but also is not a rare piece.  Almost certainly it was not painted originally, and if so, this coat matching that of the Surrender Table is a later addition.  The dresser dates from the 1870s or 1880s, and remains a serviceable piece of furniture.  I suspect that the small candle shelves are not original, and appear to be installed upside down.

Read more: Antiques Considered - October 21, 2009

Antiques Considered - October 14, 2009

This papier mache tray comes from a lady from the lower Northern Neck.  She acquired it at an estate sale of a wealthy socialite from New York City many years ago.  The paint is in excellent condition, and the decoration is still quite vibrant.  Unfortunately, the point of one end has broken off, but the missing part had no decoration on it.
Many types of antiques have developed new markets due to the arrival of the Internet.  In some cases prices have dropped radically as the web has made similar items both more affordable and more available to a larger market.  Papier mache is one antiques genre which has remained both stable and strong.  It is highly collectible and in constant demand.

Read more: Antiques Considered - October 14, 2009

Antiques Considered - October 7, 2009

A collector from Richmond has these four Bristol vases, which are in excellent condition.  They are colored glass with painted decorations, and the white vase second from left has a note indicating that at one time it had sold for $50.
These vases all originated in Bristol, England, the great nineteenth-century English glass manufacturing center.  I do not think the particular factory of any of them could be discerned.  They date from the mid-nineteenth century, and reflect the typical Victorian flamboyant taste of the period.
The one on the left show good artistry in the execution of the floral painting, and is worth $50.  The second from left is shaped quite well, and worth $65.  The third one has fine shape, but the painting is of lesser quality.  It is worth $75.
The tallest one on the right is the best of the lot.  It demonstrates all of the High Victorian tastes as to shape, color and decoration.  The shade is a deep taupe and the colors of the painted flowers harmonize with it quite successfully.   This one is worth $85.

Read more: Antiques Considered - October 7, 2009

Antiques Considered - September 30, 2009

 

This week’s column sets a new record in that the inquiry comes from the greatest distance, namely Oregon.  A lady there, whose mother lives in the Northern Neck has asked about her Sheraton banquet table, and six dining chairs.  The table is mahogany, and consists of three sections, two banquet ends and a center gateleg dropleaf table.

Read more: Antiques Considered - September 30, 2009

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