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    English Armchair, ca. 1780

    Appraised Value:

    $300 - $600

    Appraised on: August 6, 2011

    Appraised in: Atlanta, Georgia

    Appraised by: Andrew Holter

    Category: Furniture

    Episode Info: Atlanta, Hour 1 (#1613)

    Originally Aired: April 16, 2012

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    Form: Arm Chair
    Material: Wood, Cloth
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $300 - $600

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

    Andrew Holter
    Folk Art, Furniture

    Christie's

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    GUEST: Oh.

    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.

    GUEST: Wow.



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