Brunk Auctions New York Renaissance Revival Cabinet

by John Werry on July 6, 2008

New York Renaissance Revival Cabinet Credenza

Brunk Auctions will be putting up the above credenza on July 12th with an expected range $3,000-$6,000.  These cabinets are a staple in the Victorian furniture auctions, yet to me they do very little more than provide a showy piece of furniture in your house – they prop up a statue or vase in grand style.

It can’t be used to store books (properly) nor can it be used to display decorative items.  Well, I guess it could, but do you hide your decorative items in a closed cabinet?  I can tell you that mine is essentially empty save for the clean bag of rags I had put there as I was cleaning it.  Nonetheless, these cabinets are show-stoppers and if I could have 10 of them, I would.

Due to the questionable utility and space-gobbling presence in your home, I would consider these cabinets the canary in the coal mine for the higher-end Victorian antique furniture market.  Even though I wouldn’t use a single piece to provide a temperature for the market, it can provide a good datapoint to set aside.  If it sells for $5-$6,000, it would be in-line with recent trends.   if it sells between $3,000-$4,000, then there is a datapoint for an even stronger buyers market than we already have.

Lot details and more photos here.

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LISE BOHM July 13, 2008 at 12:58 am

The stock market was down again on Friday. Our credit and banks are struggling. You cannot expect a strong market in antiques if everything around us is going down. Everybody is feeling the squeeze.

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RareVictorian July 25, 2008 at 7:47 am

Sold for $1,500!

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