Tiffany Studios Bronze Candlestick, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $200 (1997)
IMAGE: 1 of 4
Appraisal Video: (1:40)
Decorative Arts, Glass
APPRAISER: There's an interesting story surrounding this candlestick. Would you like to tell me?
GUEST: Well, yes. It was my grandmother's, and she kept it in a special party room. And ever since I was a certain age, I just loved it. And when I turned 21, she gave it to me as a gift.
APPRAISER: Now, what was it like when you inherited it?
GUEST: It was dark, it was all dark. And I polished it. I hope I didn't ruin it.
APPRAISER: Now, do you know that it is by Tiffany Studios? This is a candlestick that was made between 1900 and 1918. It is signed on the underside, very clearly. It is signed, "Tiffany Studios, New York," and the model number. But Karen, I'm afraid that when you did clean it, you removed about 80% of the value of this candlestick. Remember when your mother would say to you, "Less is best"?
APPRAISER: She was right in this case. But she probably taught you to be a very good housekeeper, so you wanted to make it nice and clean and shiny. But you took off all the original patina.
GUEST: I did?
APPRAISER: You're down to the copper sheathing on the bronze candlestick. It can be restored, but it would still be a restored patina. Instead of it being worth $1,000 to $1,500, which it would be worth if it were perfect, it is now worth about $200.
GUEST: Oh, really? But it's still valuable to me.
APPRAISER: Exactly, you can't put a price on that.
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