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Victorian parlor stove, Lebadang prints, Staffordshire porcelain cottages

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January 9th, 2017
Clockwise, from left: Victorian parlor stove, Staffordshire porcelain cottage, Lebadang print

Clockwise, from left: Victorian parlor stove, Staffordshire porcelain cottage, Lebadang print

Q: Enclosed is a photo of my antique stove, which I purchased from a private party approximately 30 years ago. As I recall, it was made in the 1870s. There are original medallions on the side and it has a chimney.    —Donna 

A: This is a Victorian coal-burning parlor stove from the late nineteenth century. It is made of cast iron, brass, and mica window shields. Depending on the size, the stove could heat a large house. At auction these stoves sell for between $500 and $2,000. This one is particularly nice because of the cast horse finial. More than likely, this stove belonged to a wealthy horse ranch or farm family or a hotel in a state where horses were important, like Kentucky. 

Q: I want to consign these unique items—signed limited editions by Lebadang.   —Henri

A: Lebadang, (1921–2015) a true contemporary modern artist, was born in Vietnam and studied many years in Paris. He is well known for his original artworks of paint, limestone, and natural materials on a burlap canvas. His lithographs are very popular and truly salable. The value of the images you sent me would be between $350–$750, whether they are numbered and signed or not. 

Q: Attached are photos of two Staffordshire porcelain cottages. One cottage is called “Shakespeare House,” although the writing is now quite faint. A couple of years ago, I did some research and found they were from the late 1880s. At that time, they were still collectible even though not in perfect condition. Could you please advise what the value of these would be and/or if you are aware of anyone who would want to purchase them?  —Tammy 

A: The interest in Staffordshire porcelains, like most antiques—American or English—is at a low ebb. Porcelains were a very popular collectible until about the turn of the century, in 2000. The most value on these pieces would be found in an online auction, which is truly global. More interested people would buy, for example, from England and pay to ship the items back. The value on the cottages would be $25–$50 each.


Carolyn Remmey is the principal appraiser of Remmey Antiques & Fine Art, an international appraisal, personal property consulting, and brokerage firm. She is a lecturer and writer as well as an expert on downsizing, estate sales, and auctioneering. Remmey has been a participating appraiser on The Antiques Roadshow and the History Channel and is a member of the Appraisal Association of America.  

Do you have a family heirloom or special keepsake you think has value? Please send your inquiries with photos (photos cannot be returned due to the time limitations of the staff) to Remmey Antiques & Fine Art, P.O. Box 197, New Vernon, N.J. 07976, or email remmey@remmeyappraisers.com.  

Please note: Because of the high volume of inquiries, only a few will be selected for publication each month.

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