Rococo Chest of Drawers, ca. 1750
Appraised Value: $7,000 - $10,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:28)
GUEST: Well, I got it, I think, in 2007 from a resale shop in Boise, and it was from the estate of Joe and Katherine Albertson. And they founded the Albertson's grocery store chain. This is after Mrs. Albertson died.
APPRAISER: Did they tell you anything about it? Its age, where it was made?
APPRAISER: All right, fair enough. Well, I think it's a spectacular chest. This is such a chunky piece of furniture with this serpentine front, these graduated drawers. This was a formal piece of furniture in its day. It was something that was meant to show off. And valuables would have been in it, and I think we can see that by these locks. If I pull out this drawer... and this is heavy, isn't it?
GUEST: It's extremely heavy.
APPRAISER: This is amazing when we get it out. This is all one piece of walnut that was carved down, carved into, that deep. Amazing. And when we look at the front, we can see that, this graining, again, going across, which confirms that. And there's just such a pull on that, isn't it? I mean, it draws you to it.
GUEST: I did love the handles. Just these big, bodacious handles you can't keep your hands off of them.
APPRAISER: And then if we turn the side, we can see these gigantic dovetails, which are all indicators of its age.
APPRAISER: So it is a rococo serpentine chest of drawers, and they made it for centuries, but unlike 90% of them that we see or 99% of them that we see, this one is the genuine McCoy, 1750 to 1760.
APPRAISER: We've collaborated and we couldn't reach a consensus on where its origin was. Definitely continental, but we don't know if it's French or not. Overall, its form is just magnificent. It just bespeaks the rococo style. Value, right?
GUEST: I guess.
APPRAISER: It's a great piece. I think at auction, it would bring between $7,000 and $10,000.
GUEST: Wow! Nice!
APPRAISER: So you're making a pretty good living at these estate sales.
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