Thanks for sharing your thoughts.....I would have agree. The appraiser also mentioned Aesthetic Movement and Eastlake Style and not Charles Eastlake as the maker. But he was still unable to find anything that even remotely resembles the deeply tufted back crest that is also buttonless which is also uncommon.
I fully intend to restore the pieces to usable condition. I also am in search of fabric that is close to its original upholstery. The small amounts of the fabric that I can see that are still in very good condition are stunning (at least to me they are
). The dilemma to me is how far to take the restoration...the appraiser says I should strip back to frame and start from scratch. I really am a minimalist that likes to preserve as much as possible. I don't think the springs need replaced and I would love to be able to preserve the current tufting materials and only add what absolutely needs to be added in order to repair. Am I wrong in this approach? Am I going to be going too far .... too much work for very little reward? Just thinking out loud but, would love to hear other opinions on the topic!
The appraisal is for current condition:
Sofa $100 to $150
Settee $300 to $350
Rocker $175 to $200
Ladies Chair 1 $125 to $150
Gentleman's Chair $100 to $125
For a total of $875 to $1065
He said that after restoration should add an increase of 20 to 30 percent. But I should insure the pieces for for $2500 to $3000.
Do you think these figures ring true?
Thanks again for your interest!