Trash or treasure?

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June 22nd, 2016

Q: The bronze is 7 1/8 inches long, 6 inches high, and rests on a platform 7/8 inches high. We live in West Springfield, Va. Thank you for your interest. 

—Mark R.

A: What a nice example of the French artist Alfred Jacquemart (1824–1896).

He is well known for his Viennese bronzes that were extremely popular in the late nineteenth century. This one is Chien a la tortue (hound and tortoise), signed as in the photo on the base. Depending on the condition, it should bring $1,000–$1,500 at auction.

Q: I wanted you to look at this cameo I have. It belonged to a lady my mother took care of for many years. (You will see her in one of the pictures I’m sending.) I know it has to be close to 150 years old. I know nothing about cameos, but I do know she was from Scotland and I’m assuming this is where the cameo came from. Any information you could give me on this would be greatly appreciated. 


A: Cameos carved mainly in Italy were sent set in jewelry all over the continent.  This Scottish piece is set as a brooch in a gold tone medal, which was a necessity in the late nineteenth century, in that most economies were struggling. Cameos are collectible but not of great value. For this one set in gold tone metal, the value is a bit more sentimental than monetary.


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Do you have a family heirloom or special keepsake you think has value? Ask Carolyn Remmey of Remmey Antiques & Fine Art located in New York’s tristate area. 

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