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    Two American Tilt-top stands

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: June 18, 2005

    Appraised in: Providence, Rhode Island

    Appraised by: Stephen Fletcher

    Category: Furniture

    Episode Info: Providence, Hour 1 (#1013)

    Originally Aired: May 8, 2006

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    Form: Tea Table
    Material: Wood
    Period / Style: 19th Century, 18th Century
    Value Range: $26,000

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    Appraisal Video: (3:06)


    Appraised By:

    Stephen Fletcher
    Clocks & Watches, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture
    Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Auctioneer
    Skinner, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: These tables have been in my family for 150-200 years. And they passed to my great-grandmother, and from there, to my grandmother, to my aunt, and finally to myself, about 15 years ago.

    APPRAISER: And what do you know about their age?

    GUEST: Since my great-grandmother's uncle had them, they have got to be maybe 175 years old, or perhaps older than that. I don't know how long he had them before.

    APPRAISER: All right. They're both tilt-top stands.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: One is considerably older than the other, this being the older table. This table would have been made 1760, '70, '80.

    GUEST: Oh, really?

    APPRAISER: Its origin rather than Newport, would be probably Pennsylvania, Philadelphia area. Um, this is a classic dish-top tripod base stand. It's sophisticated and subtle and in good shape. Turning this top, which is in remarkably good condition, structurally anyway, you can see that over the years it's become slightly out of round due to shrinkage of the wood, and there's a slight warp, but not significant. Typical of a Philadelphia area table is this suppressed ball turning on the post. Classic tripod cabriole leg base, ending in pad feet. When we turn the table over, you can see the construction here. This metal plate, which is all hand wrought with handmade nails, is original to the table, and I think by and large is responsible for it staying together. This table here, closer to you, I think probably was made perhaps somewhere in upstate New York. It's a classical table. That stylized-pineapple carved-and-turned post is typical of furniture made in that area. This table would have been made, we'll say about 1825.

    GUEST: Well, as far as I know, they're original finish, but there's obviously a stain on that one there that...

    APPRAISER: Right-- this table is remarkable in that it has not been refinished. This stain on the top is pretty superficial. It's light in color. So, to a certain degree, it might be correctable. You might find collectors that wouldn't want to change anything. This dry old surface is something that collectors value very highly today. This has been exposed to the sun this particular table-- so it's lost color on the top. You can see the base is considerably darker. Now, as far as value is concerned, any idea?

    GUEST: Not really.

    APPRAISER: I looked up this one one time, and maybe $1,000, a couple of thousand dollars, maybe. This particular table close to you, the classical table, is worth probably around $1,000.

    GUEST: Oh, really?

    APPRAISER: This table is worth about 25 times as much, so we're talking about $25,000.

    GUEST: Wow! I never dreamed it was worth that much.

    APPRAISER: It's in great, untouched condition. It's a classic form. It's got just about everything anybody could want for this form of furniture.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: So I thank you.

    GUEST: Well, thank you very much. I'm very pleased.

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