Pieces that stand the test of time and retain their beauty and value are highlighted in this month’s collectibles. From art to furniture and decorative items, it’s a nice selection that gives us a glimpse into a past far removed from the 21st century and its seemingly endless array of ‘throwaway’ items.
Q. My husband’s great-grandparents bought this old Brunswick record player. It works well and came with a large number of bamboo and several steel plate needles. As you can see, there is a special area to store records. It has a beautiful Asian motif on the top and all four sides. It measures 48 inches long and 22 inches on all sides. It is a portable with wheels on the legs.
LS, Northwest Portland
A. The Brunswick-Balke-Collander Company of Dubuque, Iowa, began producing phonographs in 1916 and then made its own series of records. Your phonograph is a Brunswick Japanese model. Based on your photos, it appears to date from 1917-1918. The style was equipped with an Ultona Reproducer, which allowed it to play all three types of records available at the time and made the Brunswick phonographs very popular. At auction, comparable phonographs have been sold in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range. A dealer specializing in collector’s phonographs could charge $5,000-$7,000 for this model, in excellent original condition.
Chinese cloisonne vases
Q. These were bought by my paternal grandmother in 1926 when she was traveling abroad by ship. They moved with her all over the US and came to my house several years ago. I’ve always been curious about their value. The vases are 6.5 cm high and 3.5 cm at the widest point.
A. Your cloisonne vases are Chinese and based on your photos they appear to date from the early 20th century, either the late Qing Dynasty or the early Republic of China. Cloisonne is the technique of creating designs on metal using colored enamel painted in copper or bronze casings and then fired at low temperatures. In China, cloisonne objects were generally found in temples and palaces and highly prized. At auction, you may see a sale of $150-$250 for this pair. A dealer specializing in Asian decorative arts could charge $700-$1,000 for the pair if in excellent undamaged condition.
Q. I have a Spindler inlay that my father got in Europe in the 1950’s or 60’s. It always amazes me that the print is actually made up of small pieces of wood. It appears to be in excellent condition, has the Spindler signature and measures 29″ x 19.25″ in frame.
A. This marquetry panel is by the French painter Jean-Charles Spindler (1865-1938). Marquetry is the art of decorating a surface (usually a piece of furniture) by cutting and fitting together many thin pieces of wood, metal, or an organic material such as mother-of-pearl. The thin layers are applied to flat surfaces with glue. Spindler learned the art of marquetry from his grandfather Charles and began working with this technique in 1893, using it to create art rather than decorative embellishments. The Spindler Art Marquetry studios and gallery are located in the former Abbey of Saint Leonard in Boersch, a small commune in France’s Alsace region, and the works produced there are world-renowned. At auction, you should expect a sale of $200-$300. A dealer specializing in European decorative arts from the late 1800s to early 1900s can charge $400-$600.
Heywood Wakefield rocker
Q. This Haywood Wakefield rocker has been in our family for quite some time; the chair has been reclaimed and is in reasonably good condition. What can you tell me about it? How should I take care of it?
A. Your reed rocker is from the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. The company was formed in 1897 from a merger of the Wakefield Rattan Company and Heywood Brothers, and changed its name to Heywood-Wakefield in 1921. The company made wicker and rattan furniture in the most popular Victorian styles, including Esthetic, Art Deco and Arts. & Crafts. The company went bankrupt in 1981 and sold the rights to the company name to the South Beach Furniture Company in 1994. That company today produces several models of original Heywood-Wakefield furniture. Your rocker probably dates from 1897-1907. At auction, you should expect a sale of $150-$250. An antique store that specializes in late Victorian antique furniture might be asking $600-$800.
Taking care of wicker is quite easy, and this website offers some great tips: WickerWoman.com
Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt etching
Q. I bought this etching, unframed, at a thrift store a few years ago for $5. As an avid bird lover, I absolutely love it. Now that I’m retired, I’m more interested in the art I have, so I was wondering if this etching has any monetary value. It measures 6.25 inches x 8.5 inches.
A. Your etching is by Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt (German, 1895-1977). He was a popular artist best known for his depictions of dogs, cats and other animals. Your print shows a pair of African Marabou storks. Since 1917, his prints have been published by the Hanfstaengl Publishing Company in Munich, printed on handmade acid-free paper using the original copper plates. Prints by this artist are most commonly seen in unnumbered editions. Yours is numbered 2 out of an edition of 50, and this relatively small run can make it more attractive to collectors. At auction, you may see a sale of $150-$250. A dealer specializing in prints may charge $300-$500 for this print if in excellent, unaltered condition.
About today’s collectibles
The values discussed for items in this column were examined by Portland appraiser Jerry l. Dobesh, ASA, an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a special designation in antiques and decorative arts. His services include providing estate tax appraisals, charitable contributions, insurance planning and loss planning, and equitable distribution needs.
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