Marquetry Coat Rack, ca. 1940

Value (2013) | $1,800 Retail
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APPRAISER:
It's nice to come here to Toronto to see a coat rack that's not just any coat rack. This is a special coat rack.

GUEST:
Yes, it is.

APPRAISER:
And you have a picture of...

GUEST:
My uncle, St. Pierre. And he did quite a few pieces.

APPRAISER:
This is a picture of Mr. St. Pierre around 1949. Now, I read that your uncle used everything from cigar boxes to orange crates, to parts of an old piano to make these objects.

GUEST:
That's right.

APPRAISER:
So all these parts have been cut out-- these contrasting woods. Here we have a zigzag pattern with a herringbone- type edge. We come down to triangles and this chevron pattern and this amazingly intricate series of rectangles and cubes. It just... it's incredible the time that he spent.

GUEST:
There's 10,100 pieces in this coat rack.

APPRAISER:
Isn't it incredible?

GUEST:
And I find this fascinating.

APPRAISER:
And he did how many a day?

GUEST:
About 150 pieces.

APPRAISER:
Now, you told me that earlier.

GUEST:
Now, this was only on his off time.

APPRAISER:
Okay, and I figured that out. That means it took 67 days solid, not watching TV at all...

GUEST:
Exactly.

APPRAISER:
Just working to make that.

APPRAISER:
That's amazing.

GUEST:
But he did work on the side so probably a little longer even.

APPRAISER:
Wow. This is made in a folk tradition...

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And it's been called "quilting for men" or "man's quilting." Well, it's a fascinating piece and I think it's part of an important tradition of folk art. And value-wise, because it's so work-intensive and because there was an exhibition last year in New York about this type of work...

GUEST:
Oh, really?

APPRAISER:
Yeah, at the Museum of American Folk Art. That has heightened the interest in this type of thing. And a retail value on this-- retail would be about $1,800 or so...

GUEST:
All right, okay.

APPRAISER:
And maybe even a little more.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Keno Auctions
New York, NY
Value Update (2013)
$1,800 Retail
Appraised value (1999)
$1,800 Retail
Event
Toronto, ON (August 07, 1999)
Period
20th Century
Material
Wood

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