|Title:||Victorian Rococo Revival Etagere/cabinet|
|Date/Era/Period:||Late 19th Century|
|Condition:||has been refinished|
|Appraised By:||Marilyn Visakay|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello, You currently own a Late 19th Century Victorian Rococo-Revival etagere/cabinet. I cannot tell from the photograph what type of wood your cabinet is made of but the three most prominent woods used for this type of furniture were walnut, mahogany and rosewood. Rosewood pieces are more desirable than mahogany or walnut pieces in the current market. Etageres were very popular during the Victorian Era. These cabinets were used to display a families' most precious belongings such as porcelain or glass treasures and were most often found in the parlor for public viewing. Ornately carved etageres made of rosewood can retail for thousands of dollars. Ornately carved walnut or mahogany etageres are more desirable than less carved pieces. Etageres similar to yours made of walnut or mahogany often sell at auctions such as Neal's Auction, New Orleans, Fonatine's Auction, Mass., or Eldred's Auction, Maine, in the range of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00. Rosewood pieces sell in the range of $2,500.00 to $4,500.00. Mahogany or walnut etageres retail in antique shops in an area where this type of furniture is desirable in the range of $1,500.00 to $2,500.00. Rosewood pieces retail in the range of $4,000.00 to $6,000.00. ( If the piece were very ornate, the value would be higher.) The fact that the piece is refinished does not detract from the over-all value much because most of the furniture from this Era has been refinished. If the piece was from the 18th Century, that would be a different story. I would recommend that you have a furniture restorer look at the wood to determine what type it is. Hopefully it is Rosewood! I f not, you still own a piece that is desirable in areas like New Orleans, New England and on the west coast. Enjoy! M|
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