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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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Bought these 2 chairs at a consignment shop for $80 for the

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Hello...Bought these 2 chairs at a consignment shop for $80 for the pair. They're smallish with very thin legs so not for a large person. Obviously they've been re-upholstered. Any idea how old they might be, what they were used for and approximate value? Thank you!

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
Sorry, i thought i already attached photos? No?

No. They did not come through at this end.

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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
Picture has been sent. Could only do one. Thank you.

They are lovely chairs. Are they the size of dining room chairs?

Customer: replied 26 days ago.
They're smaller. About 15" from the bottom of the leg to the top of the wood frame where fabric cushion begins. The back rest at its widest part is approximately 13".

These are 19thC Continental (Europe) boudoir chairs to be used in the bedroom or private rooms.

The estimated retail value is $400-500 each.

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

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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
Interesting, looks like a got a deal. Does the new upholstery detract from the value or still in the $400-$500 range as is? Thanks.

No. The fabric chosen is similar to what might have been on them originally.

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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
Thank you. I will post positive feedback for you.

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