Artist Dan Johnson (1918-1979) designed furniture for many companies with a mid-century modern look. He worked in Rome and California and designed a number of modern furniture lines, particularly chairs and tables, for Danish and American companies.
Johnson often used thin, weathered metal, iron, or aluminum for the arms, legs, and seats and added caning or upholstery. All of his designs seemed light, but a chair with a bronze or iron frame is heavy and difficult to place on a dining room table.
One of his most famous creations was the Gazelle line designed in Rome and then sold in the United States. He used “Pompeian Verde” patinated metal pieces, a green color inspired by the excavations of Pompeii.
The bronze and rattan Gazelle chair pictured, made in the 1950s, was recently appraised between $4,000 and $6,000. Lines made for other companies were similar, including maple furniture made in 1947, Viscount made in the late 1950s in brass and ivory or nickel and walnut or other combinations, and Satyr made with slender legs shapely. They were made by Arch Industries, Selig and others.
Q: We received a 10 inch sterling silver “Revere Bowl” as a wedding gift in 1948. It is in good condition with a liner I added. Can you tell me what it’s worth?
Revere Silver bowls have been popular wedding favors for years. The simple shape with a slightly flared lip is based on the “Liberty Bowl”, which was made by Paul Revere at his silver shop in Boston in 1768. Revere bowls were made in plated silver, sterling silver and pewter by many different manufacturers.
The value of your bowl depends on the silver content. Solid silver (sterling) is worth at least the price of the silver it contains, the melting value. Silverware is worth less because it contains less silver. A well-known manufacturer adds value.
Recent prices for a 10-inch Revere bowl range from $600 to $1,000 for a bowl made by Gorham. The silver plate sells for $50 to $300. Your bowl could sell at an auction or at a consignment store.
Bohemian glass candy boxgreen to light cup, hand painted pink, yellow and green flowers, gold scrollwork and trim, domed lid with large button finial, 5 x 3 inches, $60.
Redwarepitcher, mottled brown and green glaze, bulbous, chunky, rolled rim, applied curved S-handle, Shenandoah Valley, 5 inches, $730.
Jewelrynecklace, three rows of green beads, six large gold roses, emerald green blown glass clusters, Miriam Haskell, 16 3/4 inches, $1,130.
Wild West gameboard, two spinning tops with bases, nine cowboys and Indians, instruction booklet, R. Bliss, original box with graphics, 1889, 19 inches, $2,250.
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