Nora, I dont know if you received this as my computer had a hiccup, so I'm resending it. Hi Nora, My name is***** and I am the web Secretary of the Marquetry Society. One of the services we offer is to assist owners of marquetry pictures or otherwise, assistance in identifying artists that are shown on our 'How can we help' page on our web site www.marquetry.org or queries received by e.mail. By far the most enquiries come from the USA from ex servicemen or their families regarding works by Buchshmidt & Gretaux brought home at the end of their tour in Germany. Over the years we have built up some expertise in their work and although we are really only hobbyists people seem to think otherwise. Although B&G closed in 1991 Mr Buchschmidt carried on making items for his own pleasure or on commission until 2001. He died in 2006 aged 93. It was about this time we started getting queries, mainly from the USA regarding their work. We had never heard of the Company before and started some research. This led us to the last surviving member of the company Herr Otto Chlupp. We remained in contact with him until he passed away 3 years ago. He was a mine of information and although all company records were destroyed when the company closed he was able to supply us with a great deal of information regarding topics, sizes and types of tables produced by B&G. This has helped when we receive queries regarding their work. The one thing that we will not give though, is value of pieces because we don't know how to price them. Recently we had a query from Dennis G. Stallbaumer stating that he had contacted you as an appraiser and you valued for insurance purposes his three tables, as $9000. This is a question that we often get asked but as I mentioned we are not qualified to give an answer and tell the enquirer to find an assessor in the USA. We are very interested as to how to value B&G work given that they are no longer in existence. Obviously condition plays a big part. We have John Bly an expert and fine art dealer in his own right from the Antiques Road Show as our patron but are reluctant to keep sending him our queries. I would like to correspond by e.mail with you regarding B&G as no one over this side of the pond seems to have heard of them! my e.mail address is *****@******.*** and if you don't mind I could refer folk asking for valuations in your direction. I hope that this is not too presumtious! Thank you for your patience in reading this missive! David XXXXXX
Hi Nora, Thanks for coming back. I have had a word with our webmaster who is also editor of our Journal The Marquetarian and he would very much like to have a 'Skype' together. We thought that 6.30/7.00 pm GMT would be best given the time difference. If this time is OK, How-about this Friday?
That's fine, Monday or Tuesday at 5.00pm GMT as long as that's not too early for you. We will have to decide who calls who. I've not done a Skype by appointment before! Hope your flower comp goes well.
Hi Nora. I'm confused. It appears that your organisation seems to think that I am unhappy with your response. This is not so. I didn't give a rating because we were still engaging and it appears that there was some confusion. I am quite willing to pay an additional charge if the service is not covered by my original question. We are still OK with Monday at 5.00pm GMT for a skype call if that is OK with you, or Tuesday as an alternative.
I've written to Customer support so we will have to see if the authorise a skype call.