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By Dr. George Marchelos
My mother had this figurine in her dining room cabinet. Is it worth anything? It is signed Bonalberti and marked on the bottom “Works of Art / Hand Sculpture / Italy / 369/.”
L.R. has sent photos of a figurine his mother kept in her cabinet. It is a Capodimonte figurine made in Italy for the tourist trade and export after World War II. Capodimonte is a soft paste porcelain developed in Italy in the 1740s and it is still made today. The “369” indicates it was that number of the total made of this figurine. Many different studios have made Capodimonte including Bruno, Benni, Pucci, and Bonalberti. It appears to be in excellent condition from the photos sent and should sell for $200 or a little more.
I have a dresser with some kind of metal or brass stamp marked American Masterpiece Collection by Hickory. I am wondering if it is an antique or not. I know nothing about antiques.
R.V. has a question about her dresser. It is a Chippendale-style dresser with batwing drop pulls made by Hickory Furniture as part of their long-standing American Mahogany Collection. Although modern, their furniture is well made with crisp designs and finish. This piece stands alone and has had rough use so the value is not very high.
Having said that this furniture is considered toward the high end and a similar piece in better condition would fetch $400 or more. Perhaps it could have the appearance improved to bring it up to that standard.
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