Friday, August 31, 2007
Armed with the confidence of being able to mention the Brighton Antique Dealer's name at Joels fine art and furniture auction house where she is well known, I carted our Peter Browne original painting, our Guy Boyd ashtray and an antique Chinese jar with a lid (pictured) to said premises for valuation.
BAD had told me who to ask for. I ended up not seeing any of them for one reason or t'other. The staff were not intimidating or snooty. Perfectly friendly and helpful, even with an el cheapo customer such as moi. I can recommend Joels.
The Peter Browne painting turned out to be worth less than the $2000 plus we thought it might fetch. More like $500. The Guy Boyd ash tray might fetch $100. I previously established it would cost about that to repair the crack and chip properly. The Chinese jar turns out to be Japanese, mass produced around 1900 and there are many of them around. It is chipped too and and not worth them writing a receipt for, put ever so nicely. We bought it for $50 in the late eighties. We were ripped orf.
The table it sits on is a very ornate carved nest of tables made of rosewood. They are actually worth a bit, one of few remains of our antique period. The ducks were a gift from a friend who brought them back from Bali. He died from HIV quite a few years ago.
Still, I not that unhappy that while we thought we may have a fortune sitting around, dreams have turned to dust. I kinda like all the bits of tat anyway and we will keep them. Let the heirs bother themselves about them.