Unusual Belgian dresser is from late 19th century
Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.
Q: I hope you can enlighten me on a piece of furniture I have. The only information I received with it was dating it to the 1800s. It comes apart in three sections. The top has glass original, very wavy doors with a pull-down tambour front. The middle section has a drawer in the middle with two smaller drawers on each side. There is a key that, once you lock the middle drawer, all drawers are then secured. The bottom section has three drawers that are serpentine in shape and also lock. The piece is veneered with a burl wood, perhaps walnut. Each section "steps back." It measures approximately 39 inches wide by 83 inches tall. It was apart when I measured, so this is an approximation. I have not been able to find anything resembling it with both glass doors and tambour front. It is quite unusual, and I love it! I look forward to your response with any help you can give me concerning date, origin and value.
C.C., Old Town
A: Yes, the piece is quite unusual to my eyes as well. I am not familiar with tambours used over glass doors. I think it was made in Belgium during the last quarter of the 19th century. It looks like it was made as it is, but I would have expected the center section with the five drawers would have the same serpentine shape as the lower drawers, but it all looks like it has always been as it is. I will investigate further. Potential dollar value is $1,500 to $2,500.
Q: The enclosed picture is of two pieces of china, probably purchased in 1927. They were made by Imperial Bohemian, Czechoslovakia. I have six to eight place settings. Thank you for any information you can give me.
A: Based on the style and mark, I would guess your china was manufactured between World Wars I and II. Therefore, you are likely correct about the time of purchase. There is considerable collector interest in decorative arts produced for export in Czechoslovakia between the great wars. The Czechoslovakian Collectors Guild International is a collectors club dedicated to collecting the beautiful art pottery, glass and more of the era. Currently, sets of china are low on the totem pole. The set you have would sell for less than $200, short of good luck.
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Q: I have inherited a 1950s Singer sewing machine, model #301 with a No. 40 cabinet in black mahogany. I would like to know what it would be appraised at. It works real well; it is electric and has a knee pedal. It also has a foot pedal.
A: I was not able to find any secondary market interest in your Singer sewing machine. Dollar value is catch-as-catch-can. You might consider donating it to a charity of your choice. I suggest Hospice as a possibility.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, ‘'Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 S.W. 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or e-mail email@example.com.
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