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Re: french armoire

Posted By: Olivier Soustelle <soustelleolivier@hotmail.com> (000a95c72412.click-network.com)
Date: 4/26/5 00:46

In Response To: french armoire (Dianna Dean)

Mrs. Dean, If you suspect- or know for a fact- that your armoire is 200 years old, I would be very careful. The reason is that it might have substantial intrinsic value, whether there is this problem with the finish or not. If the armoire was originally painted- I am saying ORIGINALLY intended to be so, you may be looking at a type of armoire in a category of its own. There are very valuable "ornate", polychrome armoires from the Southern region of France, in Uzes that command hefty prices nowadays. To put the matter short, be very careful. Now, it is totally possible that this armoire started as solid walnut, and due to conservation problems, was painted... in this case, you could proceed and do the operation suggested by Mr. Schooley, because the value has already plummeted and such procedure will no longer affect its integrity. In the final analysis, it is paramount that you know what kind of armoire you have. If you strongly suspect this is a special kind, pause, contact the Chicago Museum of Arts- they may be able to help you- and a local appraiser specialized in European furniture for evaluation and advice on how to proceed.

Good luck to you! Olivier

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