Wheeling Peachblow Vase
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $2,500 (1998)
$2,000 - $2,500 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:14)
Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President of Special Collections
GUEST: It's been in our family for a long time. I've seen it ever since I've been a little girl.
APPRAISER: And have you always lived in the Midwest?
GUEST: Yes, mm-hmm, grew up here in Milwaukee.
APPRAISER: We call this the Morgan vase. It was modeled after a Chinese porcelain vase which was a famous vase sold by a member of the Morgan family, Mary Morgan, who sold it at auction in Baltimore in 1886. The original Morgan vase was made in a porcelain with a kind of glaze that is known in Chinese porcelain as peach bloom. It's made in a kind of glass that we call amberina. And if we look at the neck, you can see there's two layers of glass. There's a white layer inside and then a colored layer on the outside. So we call this plated amberina. And this is a technique patented by an Englishman whose name was Joseph Locke. He came to this country, as many Englishmen did, to work in his profession, the glassmaking profession in the 1880s. And he patented this technique in 1886. And this is the same year in which the famous Morgan vase was sold at auction. So immediately, glassmakers in the States began making their own version, in glass, of the famous Morgan vase.
GUEST: I see.
APPRAISER: And this one was made, as almost all of them were, in Wheeling, in West Virginia. You may see this referred to as Wheeling peachblow, which is the American term often used for this. They were made in large quantities. They were very, very popular, but not that many of them have survived in excellent condition today. It's not unusual, for instance, for the base, which is made of simple cast glass-- they made it in the same factory-- it's not unusual for that to be missing or even replaced with a modern base today. But this one's all as it should be. Today at auction, one in this state would certainly be worth at least $2,000.
APPRAISER: And perhaps as much as $2,200 or $2,500.
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