What's it Worth? Appraisal for Waterfall Bedroom Set

  Darlene asks:I have this art deco vanity with a dresser and nightstand. It belonged to my grandparents about who purchased it around 1919.

AW says: That’s part of a “Waterfall” style bedroom set, it gets the name from the top edged flowing over like a waterfall. It’s a veneer set, meaning there is a thin layer of high quality wood over secondary wood. This was done for affordability and style.

This style of furniture is now just gaining respect in the collectible market as it has just started getting noticed by designers and decorators.

Date range: 1915-25


Retail value: For all 3 pieces $375
(top price)

Wholesale value: $150
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $100
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Waterfall, art deco, bedroom set, vanity veneer.

Care and storage tips: When polishing veneer furniture, be cautious not to over apply fluids. Moisture can get beneath the veneer and loosen the glue.