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Victorian Canterbury

Victorian Canterbury 770514 Victorian Canterbury

Victorian Canterbury 770514 Victorian CanterburyHere’s a nice inlaid and gold-incised Canterbury (music stand) coming up for sale via Ebay Live Auctions. This form is a more tapered shape whereas I personally own one that is more of a squared-off shape. Since most of us don’t keep sheet music lying around the parlor for those impromptu singalongs that crop up when company stops by, I make good use of mine as a magazine holder nearby the favorite reading chairs. Since we have more magazine subscriptions than the local library, we need something that can hold 30 or more of our recent magazines and fanning them out on a nearby table just isn’t going to work in that quantity. These pieces are perfect magazine stands for the antique-inclined.

As an aside, this piece is being categorized as Eastlake, but judging from the decorative elements, my feeling is that Renaissance Revival is more the appropriate style to assign. Although this piece is not a Hunzinger, it sure would look appropriate nearby some of his pieces.

Bidding ends April 13th, yet it already has two absentee bids. Bidding starts at $100 and expected range is $200-$400, and I expect it to end in the high range of that or beyond. Details and images here.

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  • antiquemiser - April 1, 2008

    I was looking at this until I found the buyer’s premium at 22.5%. I understand the auction house has to make money, but that is crazy!

  • John W - April 1, 2008

    Yes, it’s probably a 15% buyer premium to the house and 7% goes to Ebay Live. If you were in person it would be just the 15, probably.

  • jsweir - April 1, 2008

    I guess I’ve been spoiled with Flomaton’s 10% buyer’s premium and 15% through ebay.

  • 1881victorian - April 3, 2008

    This auction house is one that I watch…they are in Chicago…close enough for me to consider driving to. Their buyer’s premium is 20% through their website. Still high, but slightly lower than on ebay.
    http://www.lesliehindman.com
    From what I have seen, items here usually sell on the high-side. I think that the swanky folks go to this auction.

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