Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Imperial Table


Imperial Table
Imperial Table  

Imperial Table
Imperial Table  
Hello Mr. Klein,
I have been communicating with Diana Barrett from a website I found about Grand Rapids Imperial Furniture.  I have a table and the mark on the underside was not any that they had shown the website, so I asked her if she would want me to take a photo of mine, so she could possibly add it to her collection.  Well, to make a long story short, she believed my table was an earlier piece, due to the mark being burned into the bottom.  When I asked her if she could possibly give me a value on my table, she referred me to you.  Please let me know if you would like a few more, and I can send you a photo of the actual top of the table. It measures approximately 23 inches tall, tabletop 26 inches long, 14 inches wide.  The top is a hand painted Asian design.  Please let me know if I can answer any more questions, and I thank you for your time and expertise.
Kindest Regards,
Patty Schorr

The style of the table tells us that it is manufactured in the 1920s.  It was originally painted overall from the factory but someone has stripped the base.  The wood is sweet gum and/or tulip poplar.

condition is everything.  if this were in fine condition and unaltered it would sell around 200-250, possibly more depending on the selling venue.  In the condition shown with the changes and paint deterioration a fair market value would be around 85-100.

In the 1920s many manufacturers offered a painted line with the asian scenes and colors. Several of the Grand Rapids companies did quite well with the line.  As you know Grand Rapids was the furniture capitol for decades.

Ms. Barrett is very knowledgeable and kind.

Collectibles-General (Antiques)

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


robert klein


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.

Professional Refinishers Groop, Int., AIC, Antiques Dealers Association

BA Florida State University BA University of West Florida 1971

Past/Present Clients

©2017 All rights reserved.