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In the 1980s, a friend’s mother decided to redecorate with unknown modern style furniture. She bought a small wooden table painted red and designed by Jeff Lederman, an artist from Ohio. The table had won a design award in an Illinois state competition.
Lederman was a busy artist who changed interests and professions several times. He designed logos for companies in the 1970s and furniture in the 1980s. For a time, he put his art aside for a new career saving wildlife. He repainted images from 2014 to 2018 and started doing digital art in 2020.
Q: My grandmother had an old sampler hanging on her wall. I watched it every visit. I don’t know what happened to it, but I was thinking of buying an authentic old sampler for my remodeled farmhouse style kitchen. Are the old ones worth the price?
A: Samplers have been manufactured for hundreds of years. They reached the height of their popularity during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The best American samplers date from 1790 to 1840. Condition is key to value. If they are cut, sewn, stained or torn, they do not have the same value. An early original framed sampler, dated 1814, recently sold for $600. Many cost less.
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Q: I have a 1954 Herman Miller Rosewood Lounger with black leather and original tags. Everything is original, but the leather is cracked and open in a few places. Would it look better reupholstered? Will the new padding destroy pedigree and value? What should I do?
A: Your chair and ottoman were designed by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller Company. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman were introduced by Herman Miller in 1956 and are still in production. A new chair and ottoman cost around $7,000. You can buy vintage pieces at auction for $2,000 to $5,000 depending on condition. As long as the frame and wood are in good condition, reupholstering with Herman Miller materials will not harm its value. However, it will cost around $2,000 to do so.
Q: I’m a real estate agent and I’m lucky enough to walk into older homes with many architectural elements still intact. I have become fascinated with the elaborate antique doorknobs I see. I bought one for $25 at an architectural salvage store last week. It appears to be brass. Do you think I got a good deal?
A: Collecting doorknobs can be a lot of fun. At the beginning of the 19th century, people still opened doors with their thumbs. Their doors had wrought iron latches. Some of the first brass doorknobs in the United States began to appear around the same time. They were fixed on protruding locks. Brass, bronze, pottery, and glass hardware were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1950s to 1970s, urban renewal programs caused the destruction of many aging Victorian houses, with the loss of artistic materials. The destruction spurred the creation of the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America. Detailed information can be found on their website, www.AntiqueDoorKnobs.org. Knobs can be found at thrift stores, demolished yards, flea markets, malls, online stores, and auctions. It looks like what you paid was a fair price.
Q: I have a framed print titled “The Town of Lanark” published by Smith, Elder & Co. in 1825. It reads “Drawn on the spot by I. Clark”. It depicts factories by a river, hills and the city in the distance. How can I find its value?
A: John Heaviside Clark (1771-1836), the artist and engraver of this print, was born in Scotland and was a famous landscape painter. The letter “I” was often used for “J” in the 1800s. “The Town of Lanark” is one of 36 aquatints made in a series called “Views in Scotland”, which depicted Scottish towns during the Industrial Revolution . Lanark’s cotton mills were fed by water from the nearby river. The owner, inspired by utopian ideals, attempted to set up a model industrial community. Clark’s etchings were obviously intended for publication as a book but were published separately from 1824 to 1828, and no known copies of the complete book exist. If you have an original copy, not a recent reproduction, it could be worth over a thousand dollars. You should take it to a museum or rare print dealer to see if they can authenticate it.
Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Pair of Dresden porcelain candlesticks, four-light figurative angel pole, blue draped, holding three shaped arms encrusted with small flowers, gilt trim, marked, Schierholz, after 1930, 15 x 9 inches, pair, $65 .
Silver tray, round, engraved armorial crest, chased floral scrolls, chippendale shaped border, rococo scroll edge, three acanthus scroll feet, Smith, Sissons & Co., Sheffield, England, Victorian, c. 1885, 18 1/4 inches, $125.
Lamp, electric, alabaster base, carved and openwork zigzags, tapered black fabric shade, Italy, c. 1935, 27 inches, $275.
Folk art figure, swan, hardwood root, carved, polished, glass eyes, signed G. Mille, 1986, 18 x 27 inches, $340.
Pottery statue, Indonesian woman, tall and slender, dark skin, long striped skirt, white blouse, flowing white headscarf, marked, Mari Simmulson, Sweden, 1940s, 15 inches, $465.
Pair of glass urns, Regency style, cut glass lower body with strawberry, flared top with engraved grapes and leaves, domed star-cut base, 9 x 7 inches, pair, $585.
Advertising sign, Cooks Beer & Ale, hand holding a bottle of each, tin, oval, self-framed with wood grain pattern, Cooks Brewing Co., Evansville, Ind., 1940s, 17 1/2 x 14 inches, 625 $.
Cabinet, cabinet, French provincial, walnut, molded cornice, carved frieze, two long doors each with two shaped panels, fitted interior, scrolled legs, 18th century, 89 x 56 inches, $825.
Jewelry, necklace, pendant, stylized flower head, eight partial circles, link chain, 18k gold, Fil De Camilia, Chanel hallmarked, 3/4 inch pendant, 16 inch chain, $1,340.
Tiffany candlestick, patinated bronze, three curved legs, tripartite base, bulbous cup with flared edge and blown green glass, hooked snuffer suspended in the center, marked Tiffany Studios, c. 1910, 9 1/2 x 5 inches, $3,120.
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