Hello Auction Wally,
This is a dump rescue so there are some conditions issues but I’m curious about it nonetheless.
I’ve done nothing to it yet except some dust and dirt removal.
Measures 43”w X 36”h X 24”d
It appears to be faux wood grain with much cracking and crazing on the darker portions. Under one of the missing pieces of hardware the finish is/was nicely varnished.
Underneath there is also fine dovetailing and can get a photo for you if need be.
Everything about the dresser appears to be original including the hardware.
All drawers and the interior are in good shape although there is a crack across the top of the dresser. The dresser is very heavy.
How would you recommend bringing some life back to this very functional piece?
If you need more info. please let me know.
Thanks very much for your service!
AW says: I love hearing stories about wonderful old pieces like this that have been saved from the dump! That’s a Victorian era grain painted, cottage chest of drawers. Back in the day, grain painting is how simple folk would “gussy up” a piece of plain furniture to make it look richer!
Not long ago, as near as the early 1980s, these were not considered something that would be collected by a purist as it was something that was trying to be what it was not.
Today, it’s a different story, and grain painted items are getting just due as wonderful American folk art, which it is.
Date range: 1860-1890 $375-$425
Wholesale value: $250
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value: $150
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: cottage chest, grain painted chest, chest of drawers w/ hand cut dovetails, victorian chest
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: The rub with this is there is not really anything you can do to restore the finish. And please don’t touch, oil or polish that wonderful old paint job, you’ll only destroy the value. Other than cleaning it with a damp cloth, I wouldn’t do anything.
If the drawers are sticky you can soap up the bottom of the runners.