I have what appears to be a mahogany étagère possibly Victorian with a beveled mirror in excellent original condition that is 57" tall, 31" wide and 17" deep.
AW says: This is a sweet little shelf. The style and period is actually "art nouveau" rather than victorian. It's circa 1910s and is made of mahogany. Art nouveau had more simple yet flowing lines than the earlier victorian style.
The beveled mirror indicates a very good quality piece of furniture. Many people think that the bevel is strictly for ornamental purposes, and while it does give glass a particular beauty, it's real value is the strength it gives a piece of glass. This is why you see so many beveled pieces still intact.
As far as furniture goes, smaller pieces like this are very popular with dealers as they are easy to move about. The market for an etagere like this is huge because nearly everyone has room for a piece of furniture this size. It's also an "emotional piece".
- Retail value: $375-$425
- Wholesale: $150-$275
- art nouveau
- beveled mirror
- turn of the century
- kidney shape
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