Antique Bronze Chandelier
Hi Wally, my parents purchased this chandelier in the 1960s or 1970s. It is bronze. Originally had candles then outside electric wiring. 32″ wide 34″ long. Can you tell me about it? How much is it worth?
AW says: This is an amazing French chandelier circa turn of the 20th century. It has 18 arms as far as I can tell from the picture, but some may be hidden. A fixture as grand as this, may very well be signed and you should look for a signature or a makers mark, I’ll revise this appraisal if you find one.
A mark could be anywhere, but if you were to look, it would be best to start at the collar or the pieces that hold the fixture to the ceiling.
The design of this is just beautiful and out of all the chandeliers I’ve appraised on this site, it’s my favorite so far. Besides enhancing a grand room, this work is a piece of art itself.
It looks as though the bobeche or the drip pan, had holes in it. These would have likely been for wires to hang prisms. Although the prisms are missing, they can be replace. They’re not going to be cheap. I’d search yard sales and flea markets for sets if you are going to keep this bronze chandelier.
Retail value: $5,800
Walrus Tusk Cribbage Board
What can you tell me about this walrus tusk cribbage board? It is scrimshaw about 2 feet long. one part has a “cribbage” game with associated holes. walrus on same side, other side has seal, elk, and two men in a whaling boat(one holding a spear). I inherited it from my great, great uncle who died in 1990
AW says: A walrus tusk cribbage board like this has been a type of Native American Eskimo folk art for quite a while now. But they really hit their peak in the turn of the 20th century. From the yellowing of the tusk and the patina I’d say it’s likely from that period if it is authentic. You’d need to check that out first.
The best way to check for authenticity, would be to do a simple heated pin test.
If the item is not authentic, it’s worth less than $100
If authentic, your carved walrus tusk cribbage board gets points on size. A two foot tusk is certainly in the rarer large size. It would also seem to indicate that it came from an older animal and thus it’s more likely that came about it’s demise in a natural way. Or at least with respect for the species. All of these factors have weight with collectors.
As for the the art work, it’s simple, crude and typical of the genre. But not exceptional.
Retail value: $1,100
Neil Reed Mitchill Watercolor
Jack asks: Framed seascape painting from Grandfathers estate. Has Neil Mitchell on frame. Part of painting showing is 9.5″ x 19.5″. Frame is 17.5″ X 27.5″.
As noted below, Neil Reed Mitchill’s name is often mis-spelled. And indeed, it is mis-spelled on the plate below this painting. No matter it’s certainly identifiable as his work.
A close-up in this seascape shows what is could be the city of Salem MA off in the far distance beyond the outcrop of rocks in the forefront on the right. That and they way the sky is set, indicates it may have been painted from the shore of Magnolia Beach in Gloucester, MA. The village in Gloucester which I live and a favorite view for painters. Of course, without a title this is impossible to say for sure, but it’s very possible.
His work sells in New England auction houses fairly often.
Neil Reed Mitchill (often misspelled as Neil Reid Mitchell) was born in New York City in 1858, He moved to Connecticut in the 1890’s and became the first resident artist of Westport.
He is known for painted seascapes, marines and coastal landscapes, often drenched in moonlight.
He studied at the National Academy of Design when it was on 23rd Street. In his youth, Mitchill was also known as an amateur fancy skater and participated in one of the early international meets in Vienna, Austria.
Retail value: $375
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