Carved wooden vessel's origin is unknown ... for now
Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Q: I have this carved wooden vessel that looks Polynesian or northwestern American Indian. I am wondering if you could give me an idea as to where it is from, how old it is, and its possible value.
A: You have an interesting item that I do not recognize. I do not think American Indians made it, a Polynesian origin seems more likely. So perhaps one of our readers will recognize it and help out.
Q: I have an Ordway Platform Rocker that is in good-to-fair condition. There is some damage to the reeds on the arms of the chair and some decorative scrollwork is missing. I have not seen any for sale online and am wondering if you have any idea of its value?
A: Current market interest in antique wicker furniture has almost disappeared. Natural-finish wicker is of some interest, but still slow to sell. Your wicker rocker is almost too fancy to have been made in the 19th century. The Ordway Company is located in Ordway, Col. They might be able to fill in the blanks. If your rocker were made in the 19th century and in good condition, it would sell in the $500 range.
Q: As far as I know, this glassware is at least 65 years old. I know no other details. Can you identify the item and give me an estimate of the value?
A: The glass bowl in the photograph appears to be American-made cut glass. The clarity of the glass looks good. I think it was produced during the early 19th century. Potential dollar value is $25 to $75.
Q: We are contacting you at the recommendation of the curators at the Harn Museum. Attached please find photos of a piece of art that my husband and I recently purchased at an estate auction. The lovely painting appears to be on very thin strips of woven wood. In the light area in the center there is a group of three birds, eyes, beaks, legs, etc. The overall dimensions, including the frame, are 9 7/8 inches wide by 22 5/8 inches high. We are fascinated with the piece, and would truly like to learn more about it.
A: I was not able to find any collector interest in your painting. I suspect it was made in Japan between World Wars I and II. To explore it further, contact I.M. Chait Gallery in Beverly Hills, Calif. They specialize in Asian art. The website is www.chait.com. Let us know what you discover.
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 Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email email@example.com.