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Antiques Considered - November 18, 2009

A gentleman from the lower Northern Neck is moving to Florida and has asked about his two Champleve pieces. One is an urn with vibrant enamel inserts, and the other is a vase that has been made into a lamp. The urn is stamped “Made in Japan.”
The urn dates from the early 20th century, between 1900 and 1930. It is in the traditional form, and appears to be in fine condition. It is worth $75. The vase unfortunately has been drilled in the process of making it into a lamp, and the initial hole is quite visible. The dark tone of the metal was intentional, and does not indicate it has tarnished in comparison with the brass of the urn. The lamp is worth $100.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 18, 2009

Antiques Considered - November 11, 2009

A local gentleman has asked about his three wooden items, with a view toward selling them prior to his move from the area.  They have passed through his family, and he does not have any significant information on them, other than that the wood of both the mortar and pestle is lignum vitae.  The top of the larger bucket has been repaired, and the upper band of the smaller one is very loose.
Looking at the buckets first, the smaller one could be repaired quite easily by gluing the rim in place.  I recommend against using any form of metal fastener that would detract from the originality of the bucket.  This one is worth $75.
The larger bucket is quite impressive, given its significant size.  The filler used on the top should be sanded and stained to make it less obtrusive.  The bucket should not be refinished, but once the rawness of the repair is ameliorated, the top should receive a clear coat to protect it.  This bucket is worth $175.  If it were perfect, the figure would be far greater.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 11, 2009

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.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 4, 2009

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

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