What’s it Worth? Appraisal of Rataan Queen’s Chair

rataan queen's chair rataan chairLola asks:

Hello, sorry, no bottom picture… It is in great shape… the story is that it came from the Philipenes when a WWII vet met a young girl and married her. She brought this chair, which belonged to her family with her. It has been well taken care of. What do you think? 


AW says: Thanks so much for your appraisal request. Your chair would more accurately be   referred to as a rattan,  or ratan Peacock, or even a Queen or Kings chair. Rattan being the term for the flat reed material that come from palm trees. The story is feasible, and your chair is well designed. BTW, Morticia Addams from the Addams Family, made these famous in America. 


Date range: 1950-1970
 
(top price)

Retail value: $175

Wholesale value: $95
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $50-$65
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:  Peacock chair, ratan,rattan, Morticia Addams, Queen’s Chair, Kings Chair, Wicker chair,

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: This and other wicker pieces are stronger than they look, but don’t put them in situations where they can be bent, they will warp over long periods of time.

 

What’s it Worth? Appraisal for Antique Grain Painted Chest of Drawers

Suzanna asks:

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
(top price)

 

Retail value:

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.

What’s it Worth? Appraisal of Rataan Queen’s Chair

rataan queen's chair rataan chairLola asks:

Hello, sorry, no bottom picture… It is in great shape… the story is that it came from the Philipenes when a WWII vet met a young girl and married her. She brought this chair, which belonged to her family with her. It has been well taken care of. What do you think? 


AW says: Thanks so much for your appraisal request. Your chair would more accurately be   referred to as a rattan,  or ratan Peacock, or even a Queen or Kings chair. Rattan being the term for the flat reed material that come from palm trees. The story is feasible, and your chair is well designed. BTW, Morticia Addams from the Addams Family, made these famous in America. 


Date range: 1950-1970
 
(top price)

Retail value: $175

Wholesale value: $95
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $50-$65
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:  Peacock chair, ratan,rattan, Morticia Addams, Queen’s Chair, Kings Chair, Wicker chair,

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: This and other wicker pieces are stronger than they look, but don’t put them in situations where they can be bent, they will warp over long periods of time.