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I own 2 pieces of Black Forest furniture. A very large

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I own 2 pieces of Black Forest furniture. A very large cabinet with 2 glass doors and a desk that matches. I'm trying to find out how to sell it. It does need professional restoration on the desk top.

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I have pictures I could send. There is an animal face , but to me it doesn't look like a bear.

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I was told buy the seller 40 years ago that it was mahogany but he also said it was from Germany and everything I read now says Swiss.

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 10 months ago
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Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-up offers. Although I am USPAP-trained, the assessments given here do not meet USPAP requirements.
Thoughtful responses take time. My responses are not instantaneous.

When one thinks of the name "Black Forest," one thinks of the famous area in Germany named the "Black Forest."

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment. If you cannot send photos, I can still work with your descriptions; however, I can give more accurate answers if I have photos.
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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 10 months ago

Your pictures just came through to me.

Carved in the Black Forest region where Germany, Switzerland and France meet, these pieces feature lions heads, scrolled leaves, dental and egg and dart designs.

The estimated retail value of the large piece is $12,000-16,000.

The estimated retail value of the desk is $5,500-6,500.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

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

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees-20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com/about/selling

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.

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Doris

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 10 months ago

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Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,
Doris

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