Frank Vining Smith Painting
Bernie asks: What can you tell about the value of this Frank Vining Smith Painting? It measures 19″x 29″
AW says: Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967) was born in South Abington MA He was known for marine-ship and wildlife paintings and illustration.
The example you have here – The Haunted Wood on the Edge of Water is a wonderful example of his work depicting a forest as the subject with waterfowl in flight.
Historic auction records show strong interest in Mr. Vining’s work, who sometimes signed with the initials F.V. Vining before his last name. The light I believe is excellent and the color contrast of the forest to the birch trees in the foreground is I think, superb.
Retail value: $2,800
Oak S Roll Top Desk Value
What is this Oak s roll top desk value? The roll top is raised panel throughout. 21 horizontal drawers 2 of which are lockable and 1 left and vertical drawer. Condition excellent.
AW says: This is an excellent example of an antique roll-top desk. It has some great features that we like to see in the collectible models.
First is the large amount drawers, nearly any piece of furniture with a lot of drawers is going to sell well, but it’s an especially important factor for a desk. Next, the desk is solid oak, opposed to veneer.
The banks go all the way to the floor which is a must for an attractive desk to be suitable for home use.
It’s an S-Roll which is more popular than the C-Roll models.
The carved fluted handles are original and aesthetically pleasing.
And the sides of this desk are beautifully paneled with beveled inserts. Therefore, placement in just about any part of the room is doable.
The desk is circa turn of the 20th century.
Retail value: $3,200
Wholesale Value: $2,000