Antique appraisal clinic uncovers treasures

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Antique owners filled the inside of the McFadden-Ross House April 28 to wait their turn to have their antique items appraised.

DuMouchelles Appraiser Jerry Anderson worked with Dearborn resident Beverly Tanner who was at the appraisal clinic with a water pitcher.

Tanner said she hoped her silver plate water pitcher would be of value, but Fedorowicz was searching to find a brand or price on the identified item.

At the other end of the table sat another Dearborn resident, Joesph Borrajo, who was getting his porcelain busts of Louise and Alexandre Brongniart appraised.

The pair of the busts made by Gamout Labesse were listed at $1,800 for the unsigned versions on DuMouchelles Senior Appraiser Richard Fedorowicz said the busts were manufactured from 1950 to 1959 in France.

“Louise and Alexandre were the children of the architect Alexandre Théodore Brongniart, famous for having built the Paris Bourse (old Stock Exchange), the Palais Brongniart,” the 1stdibs website read. “Brongniart was also the designer of the Capuchin monastery in the Rue d’Antin (now the Lycée Condorcet) and was a friend of the sculptor Clodion.

“His son, Alexandre Brongniart, became a distinguished mineralogist and a specialist in firing techniques, directing the Sèvres porcelain manufactory from 1800-1847.”

Borrajo said he was going to make a decision on what to do with the pair of busts following the appraisal, and that putting them up for auction was a possibility.

All antiques and collectibles, including firearms, jewelry, and musical instruments were evaluated by DuMouchelles Art Gallery appraisers.

The antique appraisal clinic had a cost of $10 per item with a limit of five hand-carried items per person. Funds raised from the clinic went to support the event sponsor, the Museum Guild of Dearborn.

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