Rich shiny walnuts. Plum-pudding mahogany. Gorgeous, smooth patinas. Antique furniture is seeing a revival and increasingly, it’s a solid chest of drawers antiques auction houses and dealers are grabbing up.
The chest of drawers goes into the period between the 17th and the 16th centuries during which time social change was swiftly taking place across Europe. At the time, you’d expect to see huge joints held by nails made of iron – it was only towards the end that 17th century when dovetailing became popular and artisans started to experiment with various designs.
Gradually advancing drawers eventually evolved into the tall antique chest of drawers you can see today, and which could be as tall as 1.5 meters in height. At the close of the 17th century and onwards there was a flurry of style that, in many cases, are priced high by antique dealers of chests of drawers today.
Moving beyond the simple Georgian chests of drawers among the more sought-after ways to decorate was marquetry, which used veneers to create designs. An interest in oriental art is evident on an array of antique chests that are available for sale at reputable centers and auctions. The whimsical style employed techniques like japanning, bambooing (the European version of lacquering and caning). One of the most striking examples of this kind of style is seen in the old bank of drawers in Brighton Pavilion, designed for the Prince of Wales (later George IV) during the first quarter of the 19th century.
Why should you buy an antique chests of drawers?
The demand for antique chests of drawers over time indicates that the quality and workmanship that was used to construct the chests is superior to the modern chipboard alternatives. You can get more wood when you buy antique chests of drawers. Solid oak was the most sought-after wood in Britain however, there are several antique walnut chests of drawers on sale because this wood has become in popularity due to its rich hue.
The primary function for a chest of drawers from the past might be functional but the range of pieces that have developed through time is vast. A large part of the collector’s value is due to the individual variations such as shape, construction size, and design (mainly dependent on the region of origin, the maker or time period in which it was produced). There’s also the difference in timber which determines access to colonial times or extravagant extravagance that ranges from antique chests of drawers that are smooth and light matte wood, and heavily streaked Brazilian rosewood.
What is the value of chests of drawer antiques worth?
1750: A vintage mahogany chest of drawers, adorned with a stunning oyster veneer, is valued upwards of £10,000.
1750 1750: 1750: Rococo compothe (small cabinet of drawers) from Venice that has flowers and trellised borders It is possible to be seen with a hammer descending with a price of as high as £8,000.
1765-80: Get an vintage chest of drawers dating to in the George III period and you can estimate their value upwards of $20,000. The characteristics associated with this type of furniture include chamfered serpentine tops angles by Chinese and Gothic fretwork Rococo handrails and the shaped feet.
1850: Though susceptible to chipping and damage of the veneer A Dutch vintage mahogany dresser dating from the 19th century that is decorated with ribbon-tied swags, leaf-filled fan spandrels, and vases are worth anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000. Even with a few handles missing.
1875-1900: Find the 1875-1900 British Wellington chest of drawers and you’ll increase the value of the item significantly. A set out of burr-walnut, with six drawers that are graduated Acanthus leaves of the Classical style, as well as corbels for drapery can be valued between £10,000 and 15,000.
Tips for chests of drawers for antiques collectors
Be aware of old drawers, usually recognizable through the differences in the design and construction. They are usually evident – for instance, for instance, a chest of drawers made of oak available for auction made of old carcasses of timber or an antique walnut chests of drawers, as an example.
In general, smaller chests of drawers are likely to have more value for commercial use. That means that you will find fakes lying around.
Make sure you check the feet. The feet can be replaced in Georgian chests of drawers since bun feet are often been substituted for bracket feet. It could be due to wear and tear, woodworm or just a change in fashion. Check underneath the chest for holes in which these bun feet were put in initially.
Take a look at the handles. They may need to be relocated or completely changed. The marks of bruising across the wooden work will tell the areas where the original handles (primarily dropped handles) would have been rubbing off the wood.
Saw marks are a great way to determine the date. Straight saw marks indicate an antique chests of drawers that date back to the beginning of 18th century. By the time of the century’s end however circular saws were employed to leave evident circular marks of sawing on the outside of carcasses.
Don’t be completely deterred by the idea of restoration. If it’s done to a good quality and doesn’t intend to be deceitful the customer, it shouldn’t negatively impact the value of your vintage dresser.
Many are choosing to incorporate a stunning vintage chest of drawers to their homes. In addition to being a an expression of class, but they are also investments and people who collect them are beginning to realize that they can score an affordable price if they are aware of where to search. From the sought-after George III mahogany antique drawers to stunning walnut banks , and even an vintage oak chest of drawers You can be sure that the collection we offer is full of authentic, high-quality antiques for sale at reasonable prices.