Couple’s antique cellaret and mahogany inlay screen worth $7,000

Tim Luke appraiser toy expert
Would you please put in your Antique Trader information about the following: the Crystal Palace Watch Co., Pat, made this clock. Jan. 1845. It stands 18 inches tall and I don’t have any more information other than it is 100 years old. — H.D.R., Frederica, Del.

A This piece is an Ansonia Crystal Palace No. 1 Extra mantel clock manufactured in Brooklyn, NY with a pair of statues flanking a mirrored back. In researching the clock, I discovered various statues were used in the production of the clock, including soldiers, sailors, and the boatmen and lady figure as shown in your example. The piece is an eight day time and bell strike movement with pendulum.

Over the past five years the auction records for these clocks in excellent condition have been selling in the $400 – 850 range. Based on the photos received and information provided your items would be below the low end of the range. Clocks in working condition generally command higher prices. Without knowing if your example is in working order, coupled with the fact the figures appear to have damage issues illustrated by the unbecoming shade of blue, will keep the value down for your clock, more in the $200 to $400 range.  If you would like to do further research and get more information about the clock, check out the book “Ansonia Clocks” by Tran Duy Ly and look on page 95.Just Answer antiques experts appraisers free appraiser

Q I have enclosed photographs of two items, which are among our most prized possessions, although we don’t know much about them. Both of these items were acquired in England in the mid 1960s. The wine cooler was acquired in 1966 at auction in Norfolk and presented to us as a gift. My wife purchased the folding screen on Portobello Road in London in 1965. The wine cooler is described in the auction catalogue as follows: Victorian mahogany sarcophagus wine cooler on claw feet, 29 inches high.

As you can see from the photographs, the screen has five panels, with wood inlay female figures on one side and plain mahogany panels on the opposite side. There are six beveled glass panes on each of the five panels. The screen hinges are made so that the panels may be folded either way. There are no apparent identifying marks on the screen. Both of the items are in remarkably good condition. While we have no immediate interest in disposing of the items, we are interested to determine information about the origins and estimated value of each. — R.E.T., Georgetown, Texaswine cooler english just answer tim luke
english wine cooler just answer tim lukeA  It is easy to see why the Victorian Wine Cooler or Cellaret, is among your prized possessions. Pieces of specialized furniture designed specifically for a purpose, in this case a wine cooler, makes the piece interesting because not every household was affluent enough to afford or posses a wine cooler. The piece is not like an oversized piece of furniture, big and bulky, the cellaret is smaller and it can be incorporated into almost any design style adding great appeal to a room, not to mention a great conversation piece.

A brief history of the Cellaret, can be traced back to 16th Century Europe and were made of various materials like stone, earthenware or marble with the express function of chilling or storing wine. The heyday of the cellaret was in the 18th Century and spilled over into the 19th Century. The upper classes were consuming more wine, especially in England, France and early America, resulting in furniture being made to accommodate the storage, chilling and serving of wine.

The fact you also have the auction catalog for the piece, provides provenance or history prior to your purchase. In looking at auction prices for pieces similar to your piece and only based on the photographs provided, similar looking pieces have been up for auction in America selling in the $1,000 – 4,000 range while similar pieces in England were selling in the $2,000 – 5,000 range. The market appears to be better in England with higher prices and more items offered than in America. The value for replacement would be at the higher end of the American market selling price.
paneled screen just answer tim lukepaneled screen tim luke just answerA The screen appears to be in very good condition with all the detailed woodwork. The piece is Edwardian in furniture style, which usually dates from 1901 – 1910 and often is extended to 1914 or the beginning of World War I. The history of room screens can be traced back to 4th Century BC, China and it’s use became widespread during the Tang Dynasty, 7th Century. The popularity spread thought the ages and around the world into various cultures and materials used for the partitions. The functionality of screens was used to separate space or divide a room and were purely decorative.

After the heavy style of the Victorian furniture period, the Edwardian style of furniture was lighter, fresh and featured art nouveau influences all displayed in your example. Based on the photographs and the research of various auctions sale results, I would estimate if your piece would come up for auction, it would be estimated in the $2,500 to $3,500 range. The insurance replacement value would be in the $4,000 range.

Tim Luke is the featured appraiser on HGTV’s television show “Cash in the Attic” and has participated as an appraiser on public television’s “Antiques Roadshow.” Before becoming an independent consultant he worked as the Director of the Collectibles Department for Christie’s auction house in New York, overseeing sales in this area as well as animation art, Hollywood posters, entertainment memorabilia, sports collectibles and comic art. He co-owns an auction and appraisal business, TreasureQuest Appraisal Group, Inc. in Florida. Luke is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers. Mr. Luke appears in Antique Trader courtesy of as one of thousands of experts in over 150 categories (including antiques) that provide fast and reliable information to users.

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