Wedding Cake Chandelier

Chandelier crystals

Suzie asks:

This chandelier is in a house I purchased 2 years ago. The owner asked to keep it, but I asked her to leave in the house. She purchased it several years before and had to have her ceiling reinforced as it was too heavy. She has since passed on and so I can’t ask about it. It seems to me that the purple hanging glass has been added.

There is no other information I have. Thank you for your help.

Wedding cake chandelier



AW says: I can see why she would have wanted to take it with here, but usual real estate sales don’t allow removing wired fixtures. You were right to request that it stay.

This is beautiful and worthy of a ballroom. I can only imagine what the rest of the house is like. Yes, the purple crystal is added on after, perhaps it had sentimental value.

This is a contemporary piece in a neo-classic design. In order to support the weight, I’d wager the metal is solid brass. The form  reverse “wedding cake”.

The crystal work and formation is exemplary and I’m guessing you’d want to keep it where it is!

Retail value: $4,500

Wholesale value: $1,800.


Antique Victorian Photograph

Antique Victorian Photograph

Antique Victorian Photograph



Darlene asks: What can you tell me about the value of this antique victorian photograph?

AW says: This is a turn of the 20th century photo in a beautiful walnut frame. The documentation you’ve sent with it serves to identify the subjects.  But from research I’ve done, the people in the photograph are  not historically important to  collectors.

While Ceaser Montanelli is certainly a significant figure in the world of agriculture, this does not spill over into the world of antique photographs.

If the couple were doing something other than only posing for this photograph, it could have more value.

The frame is lovely, and some may be interested in a picture like this for period costume reference.

Retail value: $125

Wholesale value $50

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Chief Wolf Robe Bronze

Chief Wolf Robe Bronze

Chief Wolf Robe Bronze

Ian asks: What can you tell me about this statue?

AW says: This is a wonderful example of a Charles Kauba, cold paint, polychrome sculpture. The figure is a Chief Wolf Robe Bronze of the Native American Indian Cheyenne tribe.  This is circa early turn of the 20th century and an excellent casting of this figure. There are at least several other casting versions of lesser value. Those tend to be mounted directly on marble without a pedestal.

One sold in 2008 for $22,000 at auction.  But PLEASE NOTE an auction sale is a snapshot in time. You can never exactly duplicate all the same auction market conditions.

Retail value of yours. $20,000

Wholesale value: $12,000

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