Thank you for the images they work well and are quite helpful. I know they are a lot of effort.
Your Georgian Revival style corner cupboard dates to the early 20th century. It is a beautiful high quality piece based on the inlaid mahogany details, bowed front, and upper section which has a dentil molded crown above an inlaid frieze and the glass door which is glazed with Gothic tracery..not to mention the label by "The Mahogany Association" on the bottom that ceritfies that this piece is a true mahogany piece from the period.
The "Mahogany Association" was not a company or a maker but an association of furniture makers who were located in Chicago, Ilinois. Around the turn of the 20th century aniline dyes were introduced into the American furniture market. This new tool for coloring wood meant that any furniture maker could use a secondary wood and make their furniture look like higher quality pieces. Thus, gum, poplar and birch, could be made to look like more expensive woods such as walnut and mahogany. As the furniture industry got organized early in the century a number of promotional organizations took form. The Hardwood Manufacturers Association, The Oak Bureau, the Gumwood Bureau and The American Walnut Manufacturers Association were some of the many associations that formed to support their products and manufacturers.
The Mahogany Association issued decals to manufacturers whose products were indeed made of "real" mahogany and not a substitute. The number on the bottom was the number assigned to the manufacturer who was a member of the Association but according to references there is no list remaining of those numbers and the corresponding manufacturers. The Association and the practice of identifying mahogany pieces this way discontinued in 1969.
Furniture has had a rough time on the antique auction market the last five years or so. Examples of these high end revival hutches have come up at fine antique auctions but the venue seems to be very important to the sale price. Online prices look higher when you survey the market but remember these are not "sold" and I see a lot of dealers pushing prices higher than values. The current documented value of these Georgian cupboards from the early 20th century... studying what has "sold" in the last few years on the antique auction market across the country reflects a range of 1700.00-2300.00. Not too bad when you see nice victorian chairs selling for 55.00-75.00!
I hope this is helpful.
Best wishes, Dori
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