Kyle on Antiques: Smoking stand … complete with humidor

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Country Federal two-drawer chest

Q These photos show my father’s smoking stand. I know it its more than 80 years old. The inside humidor is lined with a hard white material and the door is copper or brass. It has a porous piece that is detachable. On each door there is a place for a cigar, ashtray and matchbook holder. The black stand is 33 1/4 inches high, 16 inches wide, and 14 inches deep. It’s a unique piece; I have as yet to find anyone who has seen anything like it. I’d greatly appreciate any help you can give me as to its value.
–S.P., Springfield, Ill.

A You have a nice example of a floor model tobacco humidor, a type very popular during the 1920s and 1930s. Your cabinet is in a Colonial Revival design, also widely used during that era. I don’t know if there are collectors for this type of humidor cabinet, but it would also serve as a nice side table/cabinet, so should be of interest. I would guess it might be valued in the $75-$150 range.

Q Sometime in the late 1960s or very early ’70s I purchased this painting. It is 24 inches by 30 inches and signed in bold letters BOSSERT. I have been unsuccessful in finding any information on the artist. I wish I know more about my purchase, but now I don’t even remember how much I paid for it. I would appreciate any help you can provide as to the artist and maybe value.
–B.H., Anniston, Ala.

A I have also checked through listings of artists and found a couple with the last name “Bossert.” However, I can’t be sure that they are the same artist that painted your piece. One artist was Herman (Hermanus Johannes) Bossert, born in 1940. The second was Hamnes Bossert, born in Switzerland in 1938. Without more background on your painting I’m afraid I can’t tell you anything else. If you have any information on the art gallery where you purchased the piece that would be the best place to start.

Q This chest of drawers was given to me when my grandmother passed away. I enjoy the piece and have used it for at least 30 years. I believe it is of cherry wood. I am of the opinion that it has not been refinished. Any information as to its age and value would be appreciated.
–D.A., Lebanon, Conn.
 
A Your nice two-drawer chest appears to be a good early example of country Federal furniture and may date as early as the 1820s. Most chests of drawers of this type have four long drawers, so your piece is more the size of a “blanket” chest. Such pieces were made all over the Eastern seaboard and as far west as Ohio. The hardware looks like it could be original. In the right market I’m sure this chest could sell in the $800-$1,600 range.

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Floor model tobacco humidor
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Floor model tobacco humidor
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Bossert painting

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