Painted tapestries were a popular alternative in the late 1900s | Immovable


John Sikorski


Dear John: This photo is the best we have been able to obtain given the circumstances. This is a hand painted tapestry signed lower right Giotto Lampont. It still hangs on the wall of an Ohio house built in the 1880s. The owners of the house are good friends and when they visited last year asked us about its value.

My husband collects mugs of beer and they thought maybe we knew something we didn’t know. So we took a picture and are wondering if you can help us with its value. Thanks for any help or information you can provide. – AH, internet

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Dear AH: During the last quarter of the 19th century, painted tapestries were an affordable alternative to more expensive oil paintings on canvas. The one you have of three charming, diaphanously dressed young ladies frolicking in a woodland stream seems to be quite well done. Victorian painted tapestries are primarily bought and sold based on decorative interest. I think yours would sell in the $ 500 range, maybe more on a lucky day.

Dear John: I have a few items inherited from my late husband that I need to identify and find a reasonable price and hopefully sell them. These include a set of good quality oriental style porcelain or ceramic figurines; a set of gnomes; and well-known medical books, some dating from the late 1700s.

I have a large reproduction rifle or musket, the muzzle-loading type and ammunition – I believe that is a type of civil war; also a sword from that time. And finally, a scale acquired from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets with an interesting weight system.

I would be extremely grateful if you could identify the oriental set and the gnomes. Could you also refer me to reputable booksellers? Thank you. – BAS, Beverly Hills

Dear BAS: The photographs were not very helpful. If you want, take sharper photos and maybe I can help. From what I can see, oriental figures are of no particular interest to collectors.

To check your books, contact the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association. The website is

The photograph of the weapon was also not very clear. If the weapon is an original, the value could be considerable; it must be examined by a specialist.

Dear John: A few years ago we wrote to you and asked you about an antique fireplace clock. Thank you for all the information you provided at that time. Our teenage grandson will inherit the clock because he has always been interested in it and how it works, etc. We would like to develop his interest in clocks and remember that you mentioned a collector’s club that you also belong to. Is this something that might interest our grandson? – BD, internet

Dear DB: Yes indeed, it would be a great idea to develop your grandson’s interest in antique clocks and watches. The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors would be perfect to promote his interest. They have all kinds of educational programs covering clocks, the history of timekeeping etc. In addition, the association operates the largest museum of watchmaking in the United States and also has a large lending library.

First, join the National Association, then you will find a local chapter in your area that regularly hosts meetings and events. The website is

John Sikorski has been an antique dealer for 30 years. He hosts an on-call radio show, Sikorski’s Attic, on WJUF (90.1 FM) Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, PO Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or [email protected]


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