Our estate sale company recently conducted a sale.
One of the items for sale was an old pine wood door with a beautiful etching on frosted glass of a Art Nouveau lady.
I decided to price the door for $300.
It still had its original ornate brass hardware (Knob, locks), and was in very good condition for its age.
I figured it to be over 100 years old.
Well, it didn’t sell-not even on half-price day!
I was shocked when it hadn’t even sold for $150. I decided to ask the owner; if I helped her box the remaining contents of the home into boxes, if we could work to own this door?
She was happy with this deal, so my husband and I, worked for half a day helping her box up leftovers for donation.
Upon some research at home on the door and its image on the glass, I found it could prehaps be a “Mucha” image?
Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau (French, for new art) decorative artist. He designed images for postcards, paintings, illustrations, posters, and other decorative designs during the end of the 19th century.
Usually his designs depicted beautiful women wearing NeoClassical looking clothing/robes, with floral halos in their flowing hair.
His works became famous at the 1900 Univeral Paris World Exhibition.
I decided to list the door on eBay this week, and it sold for over $600.
I’m sure the buyer who got it, can possibly flip it for well over that amount in a store.
I have seen antique doors with frosted etched glass designs, sell in the the thousands based on size, image and condition.
I was happy with the $600:-)
Below are some “Mucha” beautiful lady designs.