English Armchair, ca. 1780
Appraised Value: $300 - $600
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Appraisal Video: (1:00)
GUEST: I brought you an American, I think, Chippendale chair that my mother gave me.
APPRAISER: Okay, and any idea of what she paid for the chair?
GUEST: I think it was around $3,000.
APPRAISER: $3,000, okay. Well, when we take a look at the chair, it's kind of quirky. It's got these scooped-out arms, and probably the most elaborate arm supports with these scrolled volutes that we see.
GUEST: Oh, yeah, I see.
APPRAISER: You just don't see these type of scrolled volutes in American chairs.
APPRAISER: And then we take a closer look and look at this worm damage. I hope I don't ruin your day if I tell you...
GUEST: It's okay.
APPRAISER: This is going to be an English chair, not an American chair.
GUEST: Ah, that's okay.
APPRAISER: We just don't see that type of worm in American chairs. As an English chair, made between about 1770 and 1790, you're probably looking in the $300 to $500 or $400 to $600 range at auction.
GUEST: You're kidding. Wow.
APPRAISER: It's the difference between an American chair and an English. It's about a tenth of the value.
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