Featured I thought brown furniture was out of fashion

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by David Zincavage, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. David Zincavage

    David Zincavage New Member

    I was not surprised to be outbid on this small book shelf. I thought it was attractive, and I had a use in mind for it, but its utility to me had its limits, and it would have just been a decorative indulgence that I could easily do without. I bowed out at $550 (plus buyer premium, of course). But I was rather surprised when I saw the final price.

    I can only assume that two knowledgeable dealers recognized it as the work of the illustrious ???? Opinions?

  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Welcome David.
    It is lovely. And of course it is the work of the illustrious ....!;)
    @verybrad or @Ghopper1924 may know more.
  3. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Hurray for brown furniture!!!
  4. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Ah, this is a case for @James Conrad
    Suspect the Cherry Wood might be part of it. Original finish. 1830 date if documented. BWDIK
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  5. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Hurray is right!

    I think the price is from the very early date in the U.S. for a bookshelf, and how special(ized) the piece is. Never seen another one quite like it. Beautiful!
  6. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Made me think of a library cart. So maybe something from a large home with a private library. Just my thought.
  7. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

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  8. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    AND a warm WELCOME to ANTIQUERS, David!!!!!
    James Conrad and Any Jewelry like this.
  9. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Yeah, more likely 2 or more collectors saw it was early, a rare form in the Federal period (Sheraton) and in very good condition with probably original finish. Add all that up and BOOM! prices can get out of hand in a hurry!
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  10. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    BTW, i was "at" that same auction, had my eye on an early chest of drawers C. 1700 that had lost it's painted decoration, estimate was 800-1200, ended up sold at 3k on 29 bids. I dropped out at 2k hammer/2500 with BP.
    That was a very good sale furniture wise, a lot of good stuff!

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  11. Gatoblanconz

    Gatoblanconz Well-Known Member

    I love the legs
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