English Armchair, ca. 1780

Value (2012) | $300 Auction$600 Auction
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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.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Christie's
New York, NY
Appraised value (2012)
$300 Auction$600 Auction
Event
Atlanta, GA (August 06, 2011)
Period
18th Century
Form
Arm Chair
Material
Cloth, Wood

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