I recently saw a table at a fair that interested me. The owner told me that it was an Eastlake and offered to sell it to me for $260. I am skeptical that it is an Eastlake, but I think it might be an American-made example of the Eastlake style. I like the table. It's in good condition and has not been refinished. It's a small entryway size table approximately 2 feet in diameter with Gothic details on the woodwork down by the legs. Whether it's an Eastlake or not, what would be a fair price for this and how can I tell its origins? Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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Dear 1Earth,
I recently saw a table at a fair that interested me. The owner told me that it was an Eastlake and offered to sell it to me for $260. I am skeptical that it is an Eastlake, but I think it might be an American-made example of the Eastlake style. I like the table. It's in good condition and has not been refinished. It's a small entryway size table approximately 2 feet in diameter with Gothic details on the woodwork down by the legs. Whether it's an Eastlake or not, what would be a fair price for this and how can I tell its origins?
E.S., Chicago

Dear E.S,
Eastlake refers to Charles Eastlake. He was an English architect, writer, and designer who set out to combine comfort and convenience.

His furniture became fashionable between 1860 and 1900. Most likely the table you're asking about is an American Eastlake-style piece, as you suspect.
 
When you're considering whether to buy the table, ask yourself this: Does the table fulfill a need in your house? Will you actually use the table or will it just take up space?

If you're buying this to use and not simply as an investment, you get a nice, aesthetic table for about the same price as some newer ones. Even so, chances are that if you go to sell this table later, it will retain more value than a new table. You may be able to break even and possibly make a profit!

 


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