I am looking for a dresser similar to the photo attached.
Is this vintage or antique?
How would I go about finding a piece that is similar to this?
Answer it would depend on your definition of antique and vintage. it is generally accepted that antique furniture be 100 years old. it is a debatable subject. there is also the school of thought who considers anything newer than 1850 not to be an antique. they give the reasoning that all furniture made after 1850 is made by machine. This is a fallacy and is not true, there were machines used 2000 years ago so you can see it is an unanswered topic.
what we do know is the piece you are looking at is from around 1940 plus or minus some years.
it is a mahogany veneered serpentine front dresser.
thee is no special name which will bring this up on a search online.
keep looking, your taste is good!! it is not antique but would be called collectable or vintage but dont get to hung up on terms.
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Thank you for your expert commentary and advice. I will keep searching for this type of piece. Your kind encouragement is most appreciated!
In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls.
You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser.
It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.
I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int.,
Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971