New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
When the American Queen Steamboat led the Travel Section of the New York Times on Sunday, June 3 (http://tinyurl.com/84rdpkd), one thing not mentioned was the decor. David J. Goldberg, the New Orleans appraiser who did a complete insurance appraisal of the ship's properties prior to launch, says the steamboat is filled with antiques and collectibles. The highlight is a table valued at $60,000 - a fact unknown to the owners before to Mr. Goldberg's appraisal.
According to David J. Goldberg, the table hardly seems fit for a riverboat. Of course, the American Queen is the largest - 419 feet - paddle wheeler ever built and, perhaps, the most elaborate. Goldberg describes the table as being circular, surmounted by a top of white marble more than six feet in diameter. The top is supported by elaborate mahogany carved scrolling legs. Says Goldberg, "It was the most surprising portion of the appraisal."
The appraiser surmises the table was shipped to New Orleans from England in the latter part of the 19th Century. Its provenance then faded into history until it was acquired, along with other antiques, during the American Queen's redecoration.
The American Queen was built in 1995 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and cruised the Mississippi before coming upon hard times in 2008. After the United States Maritime Administration took custody of the ship, HMS Global Maritime formed The Great American Steamboat Company to acquire and re-launch the American Queen.
Goldberg, who is Director of The Appraisal Group of New Orleans and a member of The Certified Appraisers Guild of America, is becoming known as the appraiser who “identifies the hidden gems.”
He was responsible in 2010 for uncovering an Albert Bierstadt painting of the American Northwest in an historic home in eastern Texas and shepherding it through an auction where it fetched over $100,000. The owner had previously been told the oil painting was worth about $2,500. Even more recently, Goldberg identified a painting of a Louisiana bayou by Southern regional artist William H. Buck. A 1970s tag on the rear of the frame gave it a value of $75. With Goldberg's expert help, it went to a private collector for $300,000.
While there are no plans to sell the Anglo-Indian center table, passengers on The American Queen's Mississippi River voyages will be able to enjoy its splendor, knowing that they are being treated to the finest money can buy.
Mr. Goldberg, who holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of North Carolina, has more than thirty years experience appraising art and antiques. He also owned and operated one of the South's most well known auction houses and taught a course in the appraisal of antiques at Tulane University for more than a decade.
For more on New Orleans appraiser David J. Goldberg, please visit the Appraisal Group of New Orleans website - http://appraisalgroupusa.com.