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    Marquetry Coat Rack, ca. 1940

    Appraised Value:

    $1,800 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $1,800 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 7, 1999

    Appraised in: Toronto, Ontario

    Appraised by: Leigh Keno

    Category: Folk Art

    Episode Info: Toronto (#1828)
    Toronto (#411)

    Originally Aired: April 10, 2000

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    Material: Wood
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,800 (1999)
    Updated Value: $1,800 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:44)


    Appraised By:

    Leigh Keno
    Folk Art, Furniture

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: It's nice to come here to Toronto to see a coat rack that's not just any coat rack. This is a special coat rack.

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: And you have a picture of...

    GUEST: My uncle, St. Pierre. And he did quite a few pieces.

    APPRAISER: This is a picture of Mr. St. Pierre around 1949. Now, I read that your uncle used everything from cigar boxes to orange crates, to parts of an old piano to make these objects.

    GUEST: That's right.

    APPRAISER: So all these parts have been cut out-- these contrasting woods. Here we have a zigzag pattern with a herringbone- type edge. We come down to triangles and this chevron pattern and this amazingly intricate series of rectangles and cubes. It just... it's incredible the time that he spent.

    GUEST: There's 10,100 pieces in this coat rack.

    APPRAISER: Isn't it incredible?

    GUEST: And I find this fascinating.

    APPRAISER: And he did how many a day?

    GUEST: About 150 pieces.

    APPRAISER: Now, you told me that earlier.

    GUEST: Now, this was only on his off time.

    APPRAISER: Okay, and I figured that out. That means it took 67 days solid, not watching TV at all...

    GUEST: Exactly.

    APPRAISER: Just working to make that.

    APPRAISER: That's amazing.

    GUEST: But he did work on the side so probably a little longer even.

    APPRAISER: Wow. This is made in a folk tradition...

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And it's been called "quilting for men" or "man's quilting." Well, it's a fascinating piece and I think it's part of an important tradition of folk art. And value-wise, because it's so work-intensive and because there was an exhibition last year in New York about this type of work...

    GUEST: Oh, really?

    APPRAISER: Yeah, at the Museum of American Folk Art. That has heightened the interest in this type of thing. And a retail value on this-- retail would be about $1,800 or so...

    GUEST: All right, okay.

    APPRAISER: And maybe even a little more.

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