Q: We would like to have your approximate dating and appraisal of this antique oak corner chair. The frame is original and has been refinished. The seat has been recovered.
A: This is a relatively modern version of a Chippendale style. It was made about 1900 and would probably sell for about $500 to $600.
Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a porcelain cup and saucer. They are decorated with pink flowers and green leaves with gold embossing.
Can you tell me who made them? When were they made, and how much are they worth?
A: Your cup and saucer were made in Limoges, France, by Theodore Haviland about 1890. They might sell for about $25 to $30 for one cup and one saucer.
The market for early 19th century hand-thrown stoneware has grown to the point that some really rare pieces have sold for more than $30,000. The items that bring the best prices are those that are marked by the maker and are decorated with cobalt-blue freehand motifs.