Brunk Auctions New York Renaissance Revival Cabinet

by John Werry on July 6, 2008

0371 1 lg Brunk Auctions New York Renaissance Revival Cabinet

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.


RareVictorian July 25, 2008 at 7:47 am

Sold for $1,500!


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