Ask Antique Trader: Refinished table worth 20 percent of original value

Q What can you tell me about this porcelain figure of the lady and sheep? It is marked Bing and Grondahl and is 21 inches high.
— F.G.T., Alexandria, La.

A Your figure was designed by B & G artist Axel Lochner (1879-1941). It is very well known and was first made in the early 20th century and reproduced as a Limited Edition in various sizes over the years. His name should be on the bottom front of the piece but I can’t tell from your photo. On the bottom should be a production number and the B & G marks that would date the piece and help price it. Without that information, I can’t evaluate it properly.

Q I would like to find out about this table bought 17 years ago. I have refinished it. It is 30 inches high.
— C.L., via e-mail

From your photo your table appears to be a mid-19th century side table, probably mahogany. With the original finish it could have a shop price of $1,000. Unfortunately, as it is now, a shop price could be $200.

I’d like to find out the value of my grandmother’s clock that I’ve inherited. I found out it dates back to the 18th century, and was made by Fried Mollenger, is a 30-hour, flattop in an American walnut case. I’ve had offers from $1,500 to $3,500.

A Your clock face also is marked “Manheim”(Germany). My conclusion is that the clock works are not in their original case and were at some point placed in an American case to up the value. To the contrary this lowers the value. My best advice is take the $3,500 offer.

I have a wooden toilet tank with wood cover lined in copper. How old is it and what is it worth?
— T.S., Trenton, N.J.

A Your antique toilet was made in the late 19th century. Similar examples can sell in shops specializing in architectural antiques for $1,000 and up.

Q The enclosed photo is of my porcelain figural owl candle snuffer. It has no marks. I know they are rare and wonder what the value is and origin.
— J.C., Lubbock, Texas

A Antique  porcelain candle snuffers are rare these days. Though they were made from the late 18th century till around the middle of the 19th century in many countries, I think yours dates to the mid-19th century since it has no country of origin mark. It’s hard to tell from your photo, but my educated guess is that it was made in Germany. It could sell in a shop for $200 or more.

Anne Gilbert is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of eight antiques and collectibles books, and is well known for her lectures to business and professional groups. She is a member of the Newspaper Features Council and Society of Illustrators. She can be reached via e-mail at


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