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I have a large polished cast brass 2 tier 16 light colonial

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I have a large polished cast brass 2 tier 16 light colonial revival Williamsburg chandelier from the Larimer Estate, a Robert Ainsworth (architect) home built in 1931 in Altadena CA. (Monterey Colonial, brick). It is very heavy with a beautiful sea squid motif. Where would it be signed and how do I determine its worth?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

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It would most probably be signed near the top of the central ball near the main stem or on the main stem.

Your extraordinarily beautiful cast chandelier with its extraordinary provenance would have retail venue asking price of $45,000-50,000 assuming good condition and depending on location.

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A method that could be very effective would be to place a classified in the "Maine Antique Digest" It has a large readership of collectors all across the country.

I highly recommend this method. They only charge $25 for 25 words in a classified ad. This publication is a monthly newspaper as well as on their internet website.

Be sure to specify local pick up only. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

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Expert:  Nora replied 4 months ago.


Realistically a 20th century squid form brass multi-arm Colonial Williamsburg Revival chandelier would sell for a high of $1500 - $3000 at auction on today's market. The provenance, or history of past ownership, in this case can help with sale-ability and add a jump in value locally. If this is signed, it will be stamped along the top areas of the chandelier or along an arm, however many were not signed. An original unconverted period chandelier from the 17th century can sell for tens of thousands, though originals in America were less ornate in form and generally made from pewter.

Bear in mind that an ‘asking price’ is one that has not been sold and an actual sale value is an actual past documented sale record.

I highly recommend and encourage you to contact Keno Auctions in NYC as they specialize in American furniture and fixtures and this may be of interest to them. As well, you can garner another opinion of value for free. Here is the link to their site for you:

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