Arts & Crafts Sideboard
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $6,000 (1999)
$4,000 - $6,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:18)
Folk Art, Furniture
GUEST: I can't tell you too much, Dean, because we bought it from an antique dealer in Toronto. It probably came from England originally. My wife was very interested in Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and we had a standing order with this antique dealer to give us whatever he had, and this was one of the pieces.
APPRAISER: I see. And how long ago was that that you purchased it?
GUEST: Five... oh, maybe seven years ago.
APPRAISER: You do believe it came from England?
APPRAISER: Well, in that regard I think you're absolutely correct. It does indeed look like a Scottish, possibly, or English sideboard, Arts and Crafts movement or, as we would call it on this side of the pond, "mission-style furniture." and while I don't believe we can assign a specific maker-- not one of the big names like Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow and so on.
APPRAISER: It is representative, very representative of the quality mass-production of this style of furniture. Arts and Crafts furniture was meant to use the raw materials, hand craftsmanship. It was against machine production. They liked to use decoration that was intrinsic to the materials used in the piece itself. Here we have the quarter-sawn oak which gives this wonderful rayed effect. We have this wonderful group of bowed-glass windows above the compartments obviously for glassware or dishes as it's a sideboard for dining room use. Down below, we make use of Art Nouveau derived, copper-beaten long strap hinges, heart-shaped ends, all of the hand beading-- again, part of this sort of didactic mission style. And what did you pay for it, can I ask?
GUEST: I paid $1,000.
APPRAISER: Well, I think you did very well. That was Canadian dollars?
GUEST: Yes, yes.
APPRAISER: I think in today's market, we could easily see this piece bringing somewhere in the $4,000 to $6,000 range. So for that short period of time it's a great investment.
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