Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Overlooked but Valuable Antiques
Dr. Lori Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.
By Lori Verderame
Don’t Be Fooled That They Are Worth Very Little
Many valuable artworks, antiques and collectibles that have significant value might be hiding in your house. Don’t just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.
Because I evaluate quality antiques professionally, I know value when I see it. At more than 150 public and corporate events every year, I tell people what their antique is and what it is really worth. Here are my top five overlooked valuable objects —and some surprises — that you should cherish that are hiding right under your nose.
Grandma’s old brooches, earrings or rings feature precious metals, faceted or cabochon gemstones, pearls, etc. and so can have big value on the antiques and collectibles market. Look for the authentic marks on gold like 14K and 18K and the embossed marks on silver like sterling or 925. Even costume jewelry pieces by Trifari, Kenneth Jay Lane, Renoir and Matisse, Miriam Haskell and others dating back to the 1940s to the 1980s are trendy and valuable.
Some of the most commonly overlooked objects in our homes are artworks like oil and acrylic paintings on canvas depicting landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and famous or historic places. In good condition, they can represent a windfall once they are properly appraised and authenticated. Do not have your paintings cleaned before you have them appraised.
Do you have an old bust hanging around the house? The most valuable sculptures are those made of good quality materials like cast metal, constructed metal, or carved wood. Look for three-dimensional sculptures depicting famous figures, well-known people, literary figures, and the like. Many interior designers are bringing them back into favor and others are using them as starting points for repurposing projects.
Modern furniture is making a big splash in the marketplace now. Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, Art Moderne, and vintage pieces from the 1920s to the 1980s are all the rage. Also, some specialty pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries are also valuable. I have heard many people talk about “brown furniture” as being worthless when that simply is not true. Some dealers and auctioneers who don’t want to be bothered moving large pieces of vintage mahogany furniture are telling folks it is worthless. But I have seen many millennials seeking out such pieces of furniture when decorating new homes that remind them of grandma’s house. Durable, good-looking, and strong pieces of hardwood furniture dating from the early 1900s are finding their place in trendy, youthful apartments and newlyweds’ homes. Remember, if someone convinces you that your piece of furniture is not marketable or not valuable, they get to buy that furniture from you for a steal. Don’t be fooled.
Don’t bypass that piece of Murano glass from Italy, a Dale Chihuly sea-form sculpture, grandma’s Carnival glass candy dish or a striking stained glass window from a local church, because these items are sought-after the world over. Glass remains a very desirable collectible. Good-looking and alive with color still attracts collectors to art glass.
Bring Your Item To Be Valued and Get One Free Appraisal!
Meet Dr. Lori Feb. 18-19 at the Berry Center
The 9th annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show welcomes the return of the always popular Dr. Lori Verderame. Dr. Lori will be on-hand both days of the show to provide one free appraisal – complete with her comedic twist – to each of those in attendance who bring an item for her identification and valuation. Come and find out the true value of that vase or painting or jewelry item you’ve always wondered about! The show will be held Feb. 18-19 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas. Show admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 and younger. For more show information, call 832-274-2944 or visit cyfairhomeandgarden.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.