Arts & Crafts Vase
Is Art & Crafts vase an un-marked Grueby piece? It appears so. Let’s look at the clues. It certainly has that Grueby green slightly rough appearance. The tin glaze in certainly the right shade. The squat, perfect form is in line with a pure period piece.
The jury, (an auction audience) certainly thought it was a Grueby vase, because even though there was no definitive nomenclature, it sold for over $300 to a re-seller.
This piece is circa early 20th century. It’s about 3″ high by 8″ at the widest and other than wear, it’s in excellent condition.
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Retail value: $650
Wholesale value: $350
Lane Cedar Chest
This Lane cedar chest was a staple in postwar American homes. It replaced colonial style blanket chests.
Someone painted this chest white. It came from the factory with a mahogany finish. It’s a Chippendale Revival piece of furniture.
The top will lift, the drawer fronts are faux designs. When the top is lifted, the container box extends all the way to the floor. There are no real drawers.
People will often call them “Hope Chests” and they are a favorite wedding gift.
Although they’ve fallen out of favor in some modern homes, they’re still a great way to keep blankets and linens fresh! If you have one and the inside cedar smell had faded, simply give a light sanding to the inside walls to re-activate the cedar.
Retail value: $295
1920s Antique Slag Lamp
This is a circa 1920s antique slag lamp. It’s what’s known as transitional piece. The condition of the shade and base of this antique lamp is excellent. But there are two things that could have made this lamp more valuable.
The key word here is “transitional”. You see, this means the style transitioned out of one period, into another. In this case, out of the art nouveau style, into the arts & crafts style.
The problem with this is that collectors place the highest values on items that are pure period pieces.
That said, this is still a beautiful 1920s antique slag lamp. The slag glass panels are in excellent condition and there is no damage to them, or the bronze coated base.
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Retail value: $325
Wholesale value: $150