I was wondering if you could give me some information on this piece. My grandfather gave this to my grandmother in the early 1920s. They were living in New York at the time, so I assume it was purchased there. Any ideas would be appreciated.
That is a very sweet curio cabinet. It’s tough to tell the real age from a photo, but it could very well be from that period of time. Where it was manufactured would also be tough to tell. Having been bought in New York doesn’t mean it was made there. Look underneath the piece to see if there might be a manufacturer’s name that could give us more information and make it easier to date it. It could also be under the velvet.
If it is from that period of time, it’s just as good as if it were made later so unless the manufacturer is a renowned one then I think you will be safe with my appraisal. The cabinet looks to be gold gild painted. This is when they used real gold in the thinnest of sheets (leafs) or powder and applied it like a final finish. Items made in earlier times were done with this procedure all by hand and feathers. Common items still found today would be frames that have plaster ornamentals covered with the gilt. It’s an interesting procedure.
Your cabinet, just based on the construction and design, would probably be in the $200 range to a collector today. It makes for a really pretty display piece.
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