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    17th C. German Cabinet

    Appraised Value:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Appraised on: June 28, 1997

    Appraised in: Atlanta, Georgia

    Appraised by: Gillian Arthur

    Category: Furniture

    Episode Info: Big & Little (#1320)

    Originally Aired: December 21, 2009

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    Form: Cabinet
    Material: Wood
    Period / Style: 17th Century, 19th Century
    Value Range: $10,000 - $15,000

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    Appraisal Video: (-1:52:21)


    Appraised By:

    Gillian Arthur

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: We can all see it is huge. It's a German piece of furniture, which you probably know. Other than that, what have you been led to believe so far?

    GUEST: Well, a friend of mine that I used to work for bought it when he was in World War II, shipped it back from Germany. And he's had it for up to about 1980, and I acquired it in about 1980. And that's... about all I know is it was called a German Baroque cabinet library. And I'd like to find out some more about it.

    APPRAISER: This is a case where you sort of have to call out the furniture police, because there are a lot of strange things about this piece of furniture. The center part of the piece could be a 17th-century piece of furniture, which probably was on a stand. It could have been on a stand with turn supports. It could have been on drawers. I'm sure you realize this does have secret drawers in it...

    GUEST: Yeah, that's the unique part of it. Which, being a trained professional, of course, I should be able to do easily.

    APPRAISER: There you go. But there they are, which is a feature that you don't see, actually, too often on Continental furniture. The quality of the veneer is very typical of 17th-century veneered pieces of German furniture. What's interesting about this is if we take it out...

    GUEST:Want me to help you?

    APPRAISER: And on the back we have the name of the previous owner.

    GUEST: Oh, is that who that is? We didn't know who that was.

    APPRAISER: That's exactly who that is. I didn't know who that was. Probably in the 19th century this was associated with a pair of library cabinets. I say library cabinets only because the drawer is so deep, it probably held folios, maps or something like that. So they could have been library cabinets. And it was assembled possibly for a room. You have to have, obviously, a very large room.

    GUEST: We have to buy a house around it.

    APPRAISER: Unfortunately, however, bigger is not always necessarily better.

    GUEST: That's right. I know.

    APPRAISER: It's not an easy piece of furniture to market, simply because of its size. It's a hard thing to put a good estimate on. Conservatively I think at auction it would probably fetch in the area of something like $10,000 to $15,000, which doesn't seem like much for such a big piece of furniture and such a lot of wood. But realistically, that's probably what one would expect. And who knows, you know? Anything can happen. And it's the sort of thing these days that sometimes is bought by bars, restaurants, places that have that space. Bravo for bringing in such a great big piece.

    GUEST: We appreciate it. Thanks.

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