Interest in corner chairs has waned, but will come back

Q: Here are the photographs for the mahogany corner chair I asked about and you said you needed in your reply. I am looking for the market value. Thank you for your help. — L.W., Internet

A: I am glad you followed up with the photographs of your corner chair. I think it was made in Europe. I think the seat upholstery has been redone. The original seat was probably done in a rush. The hand carving on the crest rail is of a good quality. The overall style is Rococo Revival. It was likely made in the last quarter of the 19th century. Dollar values in general have gone down on antique corner chairs, whether 18th, 19th or 20th century vintage, since the high wave of values in the 1980s and ’90s. Now is not a good time to sell. The finish appears to be quite old or perhaps original. In the future, when demand returns, it could make the chair more salable. It would be good to pass the chair on in the family. 

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