My wife and I have a French Provencail Dining room set purchased about 1958 in Detroit. The set consists of a dining room table with two leaves and six chairs, a buffet, and a lighted corner cupboard. It has a fruitwood finish and is in like new condition. We would like some idea of the value of it. Our daughter would like to paint the set and we feel that it would ruin it. Value? Thoughts?
At least to most of us mod collectors, your set is probably not worth much. Even Heywood-Wakefield's earlier, more traditional sets (or dark-stained woods) have little value. We're looking for a style that "says" fifties, not just something from the fifties. I would guess that even back then, the stuff most of us love now was considered somewhat snotty and overpriced. What do the rest of you think?
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Squid, I am afraid I would have to disagree in regards to your comment that most of the furniture collected by individuals today was considered snotty and overpriced. Many of the great designers made it their goal to produce low cost furniture that could be mass-produced. The Eames' were a perfect example. If this stuff were considered snotty back in the day, there would not be enough to go around today and only the elite would be collecting.