- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:20
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Over the past 14 years that I have written this column, I have received as many inquiries about how to proceed with antiques, as I have actual questions about specific pieces. This week, rather than addressing an individual piece, I should like to answer some of these general concerns and questions.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 14:54
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These two small cloisonne’ bowls come from a Northern Neck family whose members have collected a large number of pieces. Both are in excellent condition. The other photographs also are interesting, but this one illustrates an important point in evaluating cloisonne’.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:08
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This secretary bookcase belonged to a lady from California who died earlier this year. Her daughter has inherited it, and plans to keep it in her home in the Northern Neck. The wood is mahogany, and the finish has been restored. The ends are solid, rather than paneled. The secondary wood is pine. One of the brass knobs on the upper drawer is damaged, but the overall condition is excellent.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:33
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A family in Lancaster County has asked about their ironstone tureen. It has its original plateau and ladle, and is in excellent condition except for a small chip on the lid and some discoloration on the base. They are interested in selling it, and would like to know how to price it, given the slight chip. The piece is unmarked as to the factory that made it.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:55
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A couple from Richmond inherited this Queen Anne tilttop table. The wood is walnut, and the top has a split across the center. Unfortunately, the previous owner had the piece refinished, and applied bar-top varnish, thereby making it “glow in the dark.” They ask if they should have it re-refinished to eliminate the sheen.