Late 19th-Century Folk Art Rocker
Appraised Value: $18,000 - $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:40)
GUEST: Well, it was made for my great-great-grandmother back in the late 1900s by a man from West Union, Ohio, and it's been in our family ever since.
APPRAISER: Well, what I like about this piece is that it has a personality. It's way beyond a piece of furniture. It really is... it goes into folk art, right? It's really a creation. Someone made this to impress and to show off their skills, to show that they could do inlay. And these acorns, in England, they symbolized strength. And I love all of these turned elements, these vase-and-block turned elements. I saw these scratches here. How did those happen?
GUEST: My grandkids.
APPRAISER: When they were like three or four?
GUEST: They're now about five and six years old.
APPRAISER: Okay, and they did it. It's... I don't think it really hurts the value. My three-year-old would do something like that, I'll tell you. He just made a couple little lines in here. But when we come down to these scroll handholds-- and we can see this one over here-- doesn't it remind you of a violin? I wonder if the man who made this also made some musical instruments. And... I really like this inlay, these circular motifs, all the way down the leg. So all these elements add up to making a piece that is, really, a folk object. My favorite thing about this rocker... are these horses. Is this your favorite also?
GUEST: Yes, it is.
APPRAISER: The detail of this pair of horses, flanked by these inlaid leaves-- that really is the center of the piece. It gives it real thrust as folk art. The other thing, the last thing I want to mention is the finish of this thing really helps it because all the wear from your three-year-olds and from you using it. You see how it's rubbed it? But it's left the dirt in the dark areas also. So it really has that contrast of dark to light, which is what's nice about having an old finish on a piece. Do you have an idea of what it's worth? You haven't had it appraised?
GUEST: No, we never have.
APPRAISER: You said an auctioneer once said you could do really well with it.
GUEST: Name my price, yeah, but, you know, we didn't.
APPRAISER: That's why you brought it, you're curious?
GUEST: We didn't know if you knew who made it or not.
APPRAISER: We can't identify the artist. It's a folk artist working in a folk tradition, and there are a lot of collectors out there that love pieces like this, and its value in the marketplace... In my shop, in my gallery, I would probably put upwards of about $18,000 on it.
APPRAISER: Maybe even $20,000-- so in that range, $18,000 to $20,000.
APPRAISER: You're still going to rock in it, right?
APPRAISER: You're going to rock...
GUEST: And it's darn comfortable, too, I'll tell you.
APPRAISER: Can I sit in it?
GUEST: Sure, you can.
APPRAISER: Do you want to sit with me?
GUEST: Sure, why not…
APPRAISER: Can you? Do you mind? Let's just sit. There, that's nice. I like that.
GUEST: Yeah, it's nice.
APPRAISER: Thanks for being here.
GUEST: Thank you, too.
APPRAISER: It's nice-- this isn't bad.
GUEST: Yeah, it is.
APPRAISER: It's comfortable. Now, your husband's not going to be upset, right?
GUEST: No, he'll be thrilled.
APPRAISER: Okay, all right, all right. I like this.
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