Antique and vintage beech dressing tables



2015-06-26 11:14:32

Antique and vintage beech dressing tables are collectible items of furniture. Pieces by famous manufacturers can comfortably achieve four figures at auction. Properties of beech

Beech wood is found in Europe, North America and Asia. It is most populous in central and western Europe.

Beech is known both for its malleability as well as its hardness, which makes it a popular material with furniture manufacturers. It is not, however, the longest lasting of woods.

Supplying surface finishing to beech is regarded as a simple process.

Antique or vintage?

Beech dressing tables produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of beech dressing tables

  • A beech, sycamore and planewood marquetry dressing table, produced by Louis Majorelle in around 1900, sold for $10,000 at Christie’s New York in December 2010.

  • An Austrian circa 1905 Jakob & Josef Kohn beech, bentwood and plywood dressing table achieved $1,100 at Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen in Munich in October 2008.

  • A 19th century-style beech and ebony dressing table sold for £270 at Bonhams Edinburgh in December 2005.

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