What’s it Worth? Appraisal for Chippendale style desk

sty asks:


I would like an appraisal for a Chippendale Desk. We purchased the desk from an individual who said she had owned it for many years. The pictures are attached, I can take more if you need them. This is a very nice desk and we would like to know more about it.








AW says: Hello Rusty, thanks for the request. What you have is a nice Chippendale style desk, but it is unfortunately not a period Chippendale piece which would mean it would have to be circa 1760 or so. I suspected such as first, but asked you to send a photo of a drawer corner in order to see how the drawers have been joined. The methods used are machine cut dovetails.

But there’s good news, your solid Mahogany desk is of very high quality. The carving on the ornamentation was done with care, and the off-set, block front drawers are clear evidence of excellent craftsmanship.

In another photo you’ve sent, but not posted here, it’s shown that there are ball and talon feet on 4 corners of the piece, a lesser desk, even by the same craftsman, would have ball and talon in the front only w/ straight feet in the back.

Date range: 1910-35

Retail value:
(top price)

Wholesale value: $400-$600
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $300
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Chippendale style, solid Mahogany desk.

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.




Care and storage tips: If this ever gets any scratches on it, Old English Dark is the best method for restoration.