Small round dresser

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Staunton, Virginia USA
Description from user:

Can't find any like it.Definately hand made.Was told it came from a island outside of Africa and was used to hold potions of a witch dr.i have no clue.Its missing one knob


Answered within 2 days
Aug 07, 23:06 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$1,200 - $1,800 USD

Insurance Value

$0 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Robin,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

This is a very unusual piece; I am quite well familiar with the circular Chinese bookcases and etageres (see this link: but have not seen case furniture built into what appears to be a large barrel or cask. I've done an extensive search of my library and online as well; I can't confirm or corroborate the possibility that this was made in Africa, though it is very unlike the large body of African furniture I've worked with in a nearly 30 year career appraising furniture. The joinery of the framing is comparatively modern, suggesting a 20th Century manufacture, possibly even an ingenious cabinetry creation.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A vintage Asian style elm(?) barrel-form chest of drawers
20th Century
Of circular form the case fitted with 10 shaped drawers with brass bail pulls (lacking one), all on a rectangular base.
42 inches tall, 39 inches wide,16 inches deep, base 4 inches tall, 18 inches wide
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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