SIKORSKI'S ATTIC: Table made in Rococo style


This table is a 20th century version of the 18th century Rococo style.

Courtesy of John Sikorski
Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Q: Please find attached pictures of a table and 6 chairs. I was hoping that you could help us find the approximate value of these as we do not have room to store them anymore. I do not know much about these except that my wife's grandparents purchased these in France while stationed there and they are made of fruitwood. We are not on a money hunt, we just do not want to throw them away if of value to someone. Also, if you any info on these, and possible ways to sell them I would appreciate it. There are no stamps or markings on the bottoms that I can find. There is repair needed on the table base and two chair legs. Thank you for your time and help.

A: The table and chairs are a 20th century version of the 18th century Rococo style. I think the set would sell in the $1000 to $2500 range. You can always try a classified in the Gainesville Sun.

Q: Sorry to take so long with the information and pictures but the jewelry lives an hour and a half away from me. The bracelets and pendant have no markings on them as far as gold quantity goes. The bracelets are not heavy enough to contain much gold. I hope the pictures are of a higher quality than the first ones.

A: I am glad you sent good clear photographs. The bracelets and pendant are beautiful. The color in your photographs reveals the yellow, rose and green gold fill used to enhance the decorative details. Since there are no gold marks the metal is gold fill which is far better quality than gold plate. Gold fill is a composite made from joining a layer or layers of gold to base metal. Gold plate is an electromagnetic plating process which deposits gold onto base metal or brass. I think the bracelets would sell in the $125 to $300 range each. The beautiful pendant could sell in the $500 range, perhaps more depending on the weight and quality of the diamonds.

Q: I have two small crystal glasses I would like to find something out about. They are only about 6 ounces. They have thick crystal bottoms and the pattern in a round circle with rays coming out.

The other thing is a small pitcher with a cover and a liner plate underneath. It has a crown with Regina and the word Handpainted in script on the bottom. It has pink roses with a light green background. I want to donate these things that were found in my grandmother's house about 1972 when she died. Can you point me in some direction? I am also trying to decide if they are worth something only to me and how much I should expect to sell them for?

A: Without a photograph of your glasses I cannot help you.

I think your small pitcher was made by the Crown Pottery Co. located in Evansville, Indiana. They were in business from 1891-1960. Based on your description of the mark, the pitcher is likely 100 years old or a bit more. There is no specific collector interest in this company. Potential dollar value is below $25. However, without a photograph this is only a guess based on your description of the decoration.

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