Baroque-Style Walnut Table, ca. 1930

Value (2007) | $2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction

GUEST:
I bought it, actually, when I had my first restaurant. My accountant said they had this for sale, and I went... it was like a... I suppose the word is haberdashers. It was like a little shop that sold buttons and zips and that. And they had it in there and they said they wanted to sell it. I thought, "Oh, it, you know, looks lovely," so I bought it. The price was,

I think, $500.

APPRAISER:
And how long ago was that?

GUEST:
This was in the early to mid '70s.

APPRAISER:
And did you have it in your house, or...

GUEST:
I had it in the house. And then, when I had the second restaurant, I used it in there as a dessert display. It was... came in handy.

APPRAISER:
It's a handy size, and especially with the marble, it's good for pastry because it's a nice cold surface.

GUEST:
Exactly, yes, yes.

APPRAISER:
I thought this table was interesting because it's not trying to be something that it isn't. This is an intentional copy of a Renaissance or Baroque revival style that originally would have come from Italy. This table was made much later, though. It was probably made, actually, sometime between the wars. And we know that partially from when we look underneath, and the other way is how they've combined different decorative elements together on it. First of all, you've got the walnut, which is nice. That's what the table would have been made of.

GUEST:
It is walnut?

APPRAISER:
Yes, originally. But then you've got this marble slab in. When you would have made this in the 17th century, even in the 19th century, you probably would have had an all-walnut top and not the marble. So some creative license has been taken. Then, on the sides, you've got these crazy ladies with wings that have sort of animal feet, and then on the other side, there's a round carving, a medallion with a little angel...

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
All of those would not have worked together when you were making something in the 17th century, so they're sort of borrowing bits from here and there in sort of a very nice way to make an intentional, interesting copy that's a popular style. So, it's a nice piece of decorative furniture that packs a lot of punch, and I would say, in its current condition, which is certainly very nice and appealing, at auction you'd be looking at about between $2,000 to $3,000.

GUEST:
Well, that's excellent.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, and it's sort of a nice thing... it's a pretty good return.

GUEST:
I'm just intrigued with this beautiful work in it. Would this be done by machine or by...?

APPRAISER:
Actually, it was, believe it or not.

GUEST:
I see. $2,000 is excellent.

APPRAISER:
It's pretty good. Better than the housing market right now.

GUEST:
Yes, yeah.

(laughing)

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Christie's
New York, New York
Appraised value (2007)
$2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction
Event
Las Vegas, NV (August 18, 2007)
Period
20th Century
Form
Table
Material
Marble, Walnut

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