I have an antique secretary desk that belonged to my grandmother. It is hand carved and I learned as a child that it was one of only six similar desks commissioned in the early 1900"s(I don't know if any of this is correct)We did have an appraiser about 15 years ago tell us (Curbside appraisal) that it was worth about 6K. how would I go about getting an accurate appraisal?
a antique dealer friend years ago said it was hand made and believed there were only a few made. We now live in Flagstaff and I do not know the reputation of the local dealers. I am interested in selling it.
I would be happy to give you some idea as well as direct you to some Arizona auction houses or reputable dealers. Do you have an image that you could either download on photobucket or attach with the graphics tool on the tool bar? Here are some simple directions. Photobucket seems to work best as the tool here sometimes doesn't accept larger images but here are some options. Dori
There is a tree icon on the tool bar to the right of the smiley face that takes you through the steps or if the image is too big a free photo sharing site works if you direct me there either with an address or your user name and password.
Here are some simple directions of the photo sharing site option.
Upload your image to a free photo sharing site such as photobucket and then go to the top of your screen where there is an address starting with "http" - copy the address by bolding the whole line of text and pressing ctrl "c" and then come here to our conversation box and press ctrl "v" and it should paste. I will be able to easily link to your page from here.
You can also give me the user name and password XXXXX I can easily go to your album. PS User names must not be email passwords but a word or numbers as JA will not allow emails to be seen in these text boxes.
Here are some photos of the desk.
Thank you for the images. They are very nice.
These little slant top carved ladie's desks show up on the auctoin market here an there but this one is certainly unique and well made in a desirable in form. The period is Renaissance Revival and it is hard to tell from the images but it looks to be walnut. Looking at the market as a whole and what is being sold both on the online auction market but also all across the midwestern auction market the value for the size and style would be in the range of 3500-4500.00.
I am getting my information from the most current database of auctions of the last five years so my information is the most upto date. Unfortunately many of the old appraisals were merely good guesses from what the expert had surveyed in catalogs and see on the market. The Internet and current databases thankfully have change all that and we can look at many more auctions and examples at once.
I also have a few appraisers and auction houses for you to contact if you so desire. The auction houses would be my first choice to check as they have their own appraisers and may evaluate something for free...but the appraisers list is from a reputable list of appraisers in the area. They maybe able to direct you to dealers if you need more resources.
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XXXXX XXXXX-Barnes - Phoenix, Az
Diane Maier - Fountain Hills, AZ
Maier Appraisal Services
J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
Scottsdale , Arizona
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Mesa Auction - Mesa Arizona
Best wishes, Dori
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20+ Yr Decorative/Fine Art, Historic Objects Expert, AOA Appraiser