Identifying a Bedroom Set?

What age is this bedroom set and how much is it worth?. I was told it is something like Princess furniture and was told hand made in Europe. I has glass inlay all over the furniture.


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October 23, 20180 found this helpful

I would take these to a furniture dealer and see what s/he says. I don't know if there is much of a market for this furniture anymore.

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October 23, 20180 found this helpful

Cool! I haven't seen pieces like this in years! My one friend had similar style furniture in her living room. I am from a small town and this was considered "hot stuff" when we were little. Needless to say, we were NEVER, EVER allowed to even step foot into that room, so we would gawk at it from the foyer and move on to the family room furniture in kid friendly stuff.

I have heard them called a number of different things...from, like you said, princess style, to Cinderella style, to luxury European style, to palace style. There may even be other names that are common in other parts of the country.

Surprisingly, there is still a market for this in some places...which I will describe below.

Now learning the year and the history may be a challenge for the average bear, so you may want to take it to an antique dealer (or several as I can almost guarantee there will be some that have never seen these in person).

There should be markings somewhere--which would help figure it all out (like under a drawer, on the back, under the bottom of a piece, etc.) Hopefully they were burned in and not affixed on and fell off.

You will need to know as much as you can tell the antique how long have you had it in the family, did you have family that brought it from Europe, if so where, etc.

Now if it is something you bought second hand, there is always a risk that the pieces are reproductions of pieces from a famous designer and while that does not necessarily make them "worthless", may not be worth what they would be if they were from big furniture designer (like a true Thomas Chippandale--which this clearly is NOT the style, but just as reference to a big name maker.)

Looking at the pieces also will help you gauge their age, like to they have dovetail drawers, are there nails or screws, what kind of nails or screws, etc. Is there plywood or (G-d forbid) particle board drawer bottoms (if it is the latter, it is clearly newer).

There are a million sites on Google that tell you all about how to age and date furniture. If you are so inclined, the info out there is fascinating! I won't bore you with all the details unless you ask :)

So if you are asking all of this because you want to sell them, there are also some challenges, but it will be helpful to know that if you look on eBay there are KING size beds/bedroom furniture of this genre and living room furniture of the genre that are fetching big bucks:

Now the selling challenges are:

1. You have two twins (it looks like) and these are a challenge as someone may only want one or they want a king or queen size, so you may have to break up the pieces to sell separately...depending on how you go about trying to sell

2. You will probably not in any quick time, find an exact match to help you value your pieces on your own (so you probably will need an expert to help you). My go to for valuing items is eBay sold, WorthPoint and several other big auction houses online that post their sold prices. I NEVER use asking prices to value, only sold as that tells me what someone actually PAID for an item!

A suggestion is when you take them to an expert you can talk about insurance value vs. retail value--(insurance is always higher than retail). That can give you starting points to sell.

3. These are big pieces and take up space that you probably want back, so eBay or anyway you have to ship are probably out of the question. Perhaps an auction house or consignment shop or dealer would sell them for you...which would reduce your profits, but save you headaches in the long run.

Please post back what you learn about the pieces!! They took me back to very fond memories of my friend's thank you for sharing!!

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