What’s it Worth? Appraisal of Gothic Revival chest of drawers

 Jason asks:

I’ve got a beautiful Victorian Dresser in Dark Oak (I believe.) It was purchased by my parents in the early ’60s in a New York City antiques shop and has never had any work done that I know of.

The pictures are attached. The only defects I can make out are some separation of the mirror from it’s frame at the top, missing ‘molding’ just above what I believe to be the candle shelf on the left side.The measurements are approx 8ft tall, 4ft 6” Long, and 1ft 9” deep
Look forward to hearing it’s lineage (if you can discern) and value. Any idea of best place to sell (with limited time constraints) or if it is worth storing and putting up for auction with a Christies ( or similar)

Thanks in advance
Jason

AW says: Hello Jason, thanks for your appraisal request. what you have is an excellent example of American Victorian era marble top, chest of drawers sometimes also referred to as a dropwell dresser, with a broken pediment top. (broken pediment being the term for the top ornamentation, not damage)

It appears to be made out of Walnut and most of this era and type of furniture is either Walnut or of Chestnut, a somewhat rarer wood, but value would not be influenced much by this.

As far as whether or not to send it through Christie’s, that really depends on your ability to get it to one of their auctions that would suit this. But the rest of this is all straight forward here, I’ve bought and sold several of these, and seen many more..

Your dresser should be of a quality considered to be in the top 10% quality of this type of chest. It’s an excellent example constructed with great balance and flare. If Gothic is your thing, this is a piece to own.

Date range: 1860-80$700-$1,100

Retail value:

Wholesale value: $375-$450
(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: Gothic, Victorain, Walnut Marble Top chest of drawers, broken pediment, broken arch, Edwardian,

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: Old English Dark Scratch cover is perfect for this, if there are any scratches or dry spots. Be careful not to spill on marble, it will leave stain.