GUEST: Well, I call it a table chair or a chair table, whichever.
APPRAISER: (chuckles) GUEST: But it, uh, was handed down to my husband on his maternal side.
Brooklyn, I believe, is where they first were.
And we're not sure when they came over from Denmark.
He was told that he thought a relative made it, carved it, you know, like, in wood shop or something.
(chuckling): Kind of, I mean, that was, they... APPRAISER: Right.
GUEST: No big deal about it at all.
APPRAISER: So what you have is, is what we often refer to as a hutch table.
And as you alluded to, you said a chair table.
If we do this, with a simple hinge, it converts from a, a table to a chair.
And this is actually what we call pyrography.
It's the art of carving and burning these designs into wood.
I would probably date it from about the 1920s.
And it's what we call the Art Nouveau style.
APPRAISER: This is really an ambitious piece of work.
GUEST: (chuckling): Yes.
APPRAISER: To think about it, probably hours and hours of work went into this piece, but it's, it's fabulous.
Where was your, your husband's family from?
GUEST: The grandmother was from, uh, Denmark.
APPRAISER: Do they have a, a Jensen family name attached to them at all?
GUEST: Should have looked for that.
(chuckling): Um, I think there is.
APPRAISER: Okay, 'cause the reason I ask is, 'cause believe it or not, there's a signature of Minnie G. Jensen under here.
GUEST: There is?
We looked everywhere for a signature.
GUEST: (chuckling): Where did you find it?
APPRAISER: If I shut the top, what I'm just going to do is, I'm going to lift it like this.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness!
APPRAISER: And right under here we have "Minnie G.
GUEST: Well, that's definitely one of the...
I don't know, I can't remember if it's the grandmother, I, you know, the names, but Jensen is definitely in there.
I have it written down in my purse.
Well, that is probably who, who did this, this ambitious work.
I'm just going to...
GUEST: And so what would they do?
APPRAISER: Yeah, exactly.
They had pattern designs.
Most pyrographic work brings, you know, a couple hundred dollars.
It, no, nothing too crazy.
APPRAISER: But because of the, the great size, proportion, and for me, this central panel of, of the woman, it, it gets my heart beating.
I just think it's so beautiful.
If this were to come to auction, I would estimate it to sell in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.
GUEST: Wow, very nice.
APPRAISER: It's pretty special.
GUEST: That it is.
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