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uring a recent TV episode of “Auction Kings” on the Discovery channel, I appraised a Federal-period writing desk once owned by President Thomas Jefferson at his Poplar Forest country estate. The desk is Hepplewhite style relating to the designs of British cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite. Dr. Lori is shown with a Federal-period writing desk Like Jefferson, once owned by President Thomas Jefferson. many of us own original or reproduction examples of Hepplewhite to the Carolinas during the Federal furniture. In its day, Hepplewhite was period. often referred to as city furniture. One of the most popular pieces in Hepplewhite, who died in 1768, was the Hepplewhite style is the dining room sideboard or buffet. In the early a London designer and cabinetmaker. 1800s, a sideboard was a new furniture His famous guidebook, “The Cabinet form. Hepplewhite sideboards are Maker and Upholsterers Guide,” was often bow-shaped, Bombay-shaped, or published in 1788 after his death. The serpentine (curved). In the late guidebook sparked a period of Victorian period (circa 1870s-80s), popularity for Hepplewhite-style Hepplewhite reproductions came to the furniture designs from 1780 to 1810. market. Hepplewhite furniture was especially Distinguishing traits of true popular in America from New England

Apprise volunteers are honored Chester County Apprise volunteers (shown above) were honored in Philadelphia in May at a state-sponsored meeting. Apprise is a volunteer organization which helps Chester County residents with Medicare choices, appeals and issues. Due to the large number of new-to-Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare 101 presentations are being held throughout the county. (See the advertisement on page 9 for times and locations.) Pictured are (from left) Sally Hock, Sally Arter, Paul Gausch, Peggy Holbrook, Liz D’Angelo, Steve Small¸ Diane Berquist, Carmen Cruz, Joyce DeYoung, Tom Wand, Siu Pak and Charlene Fink. For more information, call 610-344-5004 and leave your name and telephone number. A volunteer will call you. Or, e-mail

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ART & ANTIQUES BY DR. LORI Dr. Lori Verderame Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author and awardwinning TV personality Dr. Lori Verderame presents antiques appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show “Auction Kings.” For more information about your antiques, visit the websites at or DoctorLori or call toll free 888-431-1010. Hepplewhite furniture include a consistency of formal design. Hepplewhite pieces typically have straight legs which may be square or tapered at the bottom (or at the foot). An H stretcher is common on Hepplewhite chairs and sofas. An H stretcher is a reinforcing piece of wood that connects the legs of a chair or sofa to form the shape of the letter H. The Hepplewhite-style feet are simply styled and straightforward. They may be a rectangular spade foot (like the garden tool) or in the shape of an arrow (as if the arrow is shot directly down into the ground) at the bottom of the leg of a chair or sofa. On heavier pieces of furniture like a desk, chest or tall case, bracketed feet are common. One of the most characteristic traits of Hepplewhite furniture is the use of intricate inlays

of contrasting woods and burl veneers. Hepplewhite pieces may be made of sycamore veneers, birch or rosewood. Satinwood, maple and mahogany are also standard woods are found on Hepplewhite furniture. Decorative motifs include urns, feathers, geometric shapes, shields, ribbons, swags and leaves. Many manufacturers reproduced Hepplewhite-style furniture in the 1900s following in the formal footsteps of the Federal style. Today, Hepplewhite furniture commands high values at auction for their classical lines and formal look. A reproduction Hepplewhite sideboard can command a few thousand dollars on the open market whereas a good, original example of Hepplewhite furniture can bring $50,000-$75,000 at auction.

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