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    Reproduction Nayarit Figurine

    Appraised Value:

    $50 - $100 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $50 - $100 (2012)

    Appraised on: July 11, 1998

    Appraised in: Louisville, Kentucky

    Appraised by: John Buxton

    Category: Tribal Arts

    Episode Info: Louisville (#1725)
    Louisville (#311)

    Originally Aired: April 19, 1999

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    Form: Figure
    Value Range: $50 - $100 (1998)
    Updated Value: $50 - $100 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:12)


    Appraised By:

    John Buxton
    Tribal Arts
    Antiques Appraiser and Consultant

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My family enjoys Indian and Aztec-looking art. And I went into an antique mall, and a young lady was in there trying to sell this to the cashier. He apparently wasn't interested, and she was standing there distressed looking.

    APPRAISER: Right.

    GUEST: And I said, "That's really a unique piece of art "you have there. How much do you want for it?" And she says, "Just whatever you will offer." And I had $20 in my pocket. And I said, "Well, this is all that I have." And she said, "That's fine." I took the art piece and gave her the $20.

    APPRAISER: You've also begun a research process on this, haven't you?

    GUEST: Yes, yes. I tried to find things that would be similar. I see that it's like Mesoamerican, maybe Pre-Columbian. And it was the era of like 200 A.D. I don't know if it's a reproduction or if it is the original.

    APPRAISER: This piece is interesting for a number of reasons. Stylistically, what it's supposed to be is Nayarit. That's N-A-Y-A-R-I-T, which is a province in West Mexico. Unfortunately, this piece is a reproduction. These pieces normally would have been fired in a very low-fire kiln. This, and I want you to listen carefully for this...(tapping) Do you hear how high-pitched that is?

    GUEST: Yes, uh-huh.

    APPRAISER: That's a sign this piece is from a very hot kiln, in modern times. Stylistically, it's also just a little bit exaggerated. You see these black spots on it?

    GUEST: Mm-hmm.

    APPRAISER: This is supposed to be manganese. But the way this is just sort of sitting on the surface, and the way it has a splash pattern, it was put on with a paintbrush.

    GUEST: Oh, I see.

    APPRAISER: So consequently, what you do have is a reproduction. Now, that's the bad news. The good news is, in the decorative market in some places you can see this thing sell for $150. Normally, you'd see it, say, $50 to $100. So your $20 investment was a great one.

    GUEST: Oh, I would have paid that at Wal-Mart for it.

    APPRAISER: There we go.

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