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Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Rocco Style Bedroom set?


QUESTION: Hi! I recently acquired a bedroom set and would to love a little about it as I've never come across this type of craftsmanship before. No watermarks and labels are on the furniture but they appear to be very well made. Thank you!

ANSWER: Please send me a photo of the back of the dresser and I close up photo of the back corner of one of the drawers. Are the legs in Bronze or sculpted wood?

At first glance this looks like it maybe Italian made.

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Back of small drawer
Back of small drawer  
Back of tall dresser
Back of tall dresser  
QUESTION: Thank you for the reply! The legs of the furniture is carved wood with gold gilding. The pieces appear to be all solid wood no particle anywhere I can tell. Each dresser is much heavier than they appear.

ANSWER: This is American made mass produced from the 1960s. It is a mix of French and Italian style, The two large dressers have a value of around $200 dollars if they were to be sold in a used furniture store.

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QUESTION: How can you tell it's reproduction? For a $200 reproduction it's built much better than most 60s dressers :)

French transition commode
French transition comm  

Italian transition commode
Italian transition com  
This is a reproduction because 1. an original would never be a set, a pair maybe, but never a bedroom set.  2. If this was an original the style of the what would be called a transition period, it would be the period between Louis XV  and Louis XVI circa 1770s. 3.The base is more Italian rococo style, I have attached two photos one french transition and one Italian transition commode so you can see the difference. 4. the back of your dresser has screws that hold the back in place, this was only manufactured like this in the 20th century. 5. The extra rococo design details above the legs did not exist in the 18th or 19th century, only American made reproduction furniture of the late 20th century. 6. The patina of the wood on the back and the back of the drawer is 20th century, only someone with years of experience can see the difference. ( I have 25 years of experience). 7. If this was original the legs would be in bronze not carved wood. 8. I could probably give you at least 25 other reasons why your dresser is a reproduction, but I would be waisting a lot of time.

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