Debbie Asks: What can you tell me about my chandelier?
AW says: This is an early to mid 2oth century chandelier, made of brass. We can discern this by the cut of the candle cup, and the ornamentation on the arms.
The cut of the cup (the area where the prisms are affixed) is precise. The ornamental curl that half way to each arm is refined and elegant but strong. These two features among other tell-tale signs indicate a chandelier made of solid brass rather than a pot metal which many inferior fixtures from this period are made from.
What can you tell me about my Sitckley Brothers Oak Dining Room Set?
I’d be interested in the best places to list this set on line and the max value I could expect to get .
AW says: This is a wonderful example of Stickley Brothers Furniture. They began the Quaint Line in the early 1900s featuring Mission style furniture.
The black & gold label is circa 1902. This Quaint furniture featured gorgeous quarter-sawn or “Tiger Oak” . The set is made from solid oak. It was quarter-sawn to expose the beautiful tiger stripe grain.
It’s important that you have so much of this set and that helps bring up the value.
These days, to get top money for sets like this, people are using websites like Chairish, eBay & First Dibs. I think those are where you’d need to go to get top dollar for your Stickley Brother Oak. A local auction house could help you sell it, but it would be more of a gamble.
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.