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I have purchased a 18th century chinese Elm Altar table,

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I have purchased a 18th century chinese Elm Altar table, hand carved. With a siignature?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'm looking for a buyer?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 5 months ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.

These would not typically be signed--can you post a close-up of the mark?

Also, can you post some photos of the underside, and the joins, so I can see construction?

And lastly, where did you purchase it?

Jennifer

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I will take pics of underside as well..here is the signature
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I have a few pics of under side
I purchased this at a garage sale
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 5 months ago.

Thank you.

From both the construction and the styling, this appears to be later--I'd say late 19th through the mid 20th centuries, at the earliest.

The lacquer is done only on the top, with the inside/bottom being unstained--this is not typical of older, or higher quality newer, pieces.

Is there any metal hardware anywhere (nails, screws, etc.)? If so can you send me a photo?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
There is no screws what so ever all wood joints
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
what about the signature?
I paid 500.00
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
are you telling me this isn't worth diddly?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
There is no metal screws, nails, it's all tendon joints.
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 5 months ago.

I'm looking into it further. I'll get back to you. I'm checking with a colleague who is out to lunch at the moment.

Jennifer

Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 5 months ago.

I'm really unable to get a clear answer for you on this. I'm going to opt out and leave this for another appraiser. You don't need to do anything and won't be charged again.

Jennifer