Q: I have enclosed a photo of a beautiful china cabinet. I purchased it in 1975 for $800 at a secondhand store and was told it was made in the early 1800s.
The finish is black, the mirrors are beveled and it is in mint condition. I don't know anything else about it. Can you tell something about its background and the value?
A: You have a Victorian Rococo china cabinet. The black finish is painted over wood to achieve an ebony appearance.
The gold appearing trim is ormolu, which is gilded bronze, and the cabriole legs were inspired by 18th-century French furniture.
The ornately scrolled beveled mirrors, wood-framed glass doors, applied carving, cabriole legs and ormolu are typical of late Victorian design.
Your cabinet is vintage 1890 and would probably be worth $2,000 to $2,500.
Q: This name is on the back of each dish in my set of china that I bought in 1966. It is a service for 12 and decorated with silver floral designs against a white background. Also included with the mark are the name “Parisienne” and a tower. It is like new because I have never used it. I think it was made in Poland. Can you tell me how much it is worth?