Mahogany chest

Aug 09, 2020. 18:19 UTC
Mahogany chest
United States of America


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This is a dresser in a lacquered mahogany finish. All wood (which we believe is mahogany). The dimensions are 54.5" high, 42" wide, and 21" deep. The upper doors open to reveal three drawers with glass inserts (original, we think). There are two lower drawers. The chest is is very solid, very heavy, very sound, but there are signs of use. Photos show damaged top corner and some other marks. The hinge of the right cabinet door has lost its brace -- photos show the left one (intact) and right door (brace to the hinge is missing). The drawers function exceedingly well. They have dovetailed joints.


We bought this used chest in an "antique store" in Brooklyn in the early 1980's. Because of the style and lacquer finish we think it might be 1930's or earlier, but really don't know. There are no names or information on the back or inside of the chest (that I know of).

Answered within about 4 hours
Aug 09, 21:51 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$500 - $800 USD

Insurance Value

$1,300 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Jeannie,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Yes, your assessment with this being from the 1930s is spot on. It could have been made in either America or Engand/Europe but without a maker's inscription - or a known comparable example - it would be difficult to pinpoint it more specifically
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An Art Deco style mahogany dresser
American or European, circa 1930s
Surmounted by a cabinet top comprising two cabinet doors opening to reveal three clothing drawers (two with part-glazed fronts), over two long drawer with faux-divided facades. Apparently unmarked
54 1/2 inches high by 42 inches wide by 21 inches deep
CONDITION: wear commensurate with age and use
PROVENANCE: acquired at an antique store in Brooklyn
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Jeannie woods Aug 14, 19:09 UTC

Thanks. This is just what I needed to know.

Delia Aug 15, 14:47 UTC

Always happy to help.

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