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    Newcomb College Pottery, ca. 1928

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $5,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $5,000 - $7,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: July 11, 1998

    Appraised in: Louisville, Kentucky

    Appraised by: David Lackey

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Louisville (#1725)
    Roadshow Remembers (#1017)
    Louisville (#312)

    Originally Aired: April 26, 1999

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Pottery
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $5,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $5,000 - $7,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:23)


    Appraised By:

    David Lackey
    Pottery & Porcelain
    David Lackey Antiques & Art

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Well, I attended Sophie Newcomb College for two years.

    APPRAISER: Uh-huh.

    GUEST: '27-'28, and '28-'29, and I was in the art school. And they offered an elective course called Decorative Pottery.

    APPRAISER: Uh-huh

    GUEST: And you may have heard of Newcomb pottery.

    APPRAISER: Absolutely, I'm a big fan of it.

    GUEST: So we had the pottery right there on the campus. So we were allowed to select our own green ware. And then we had to draw the designs.

    APPRAISER: Uh-huh.

    GUEST: We selected something that was indigenous to the Newcomb campus.

    APPRAISER: Right, you brought your college annual from 1928 here. And we've even got your picture here when you attended Sophie Newcomb College. I've been a big fan of Newcomb College pottery for a long time, and I've never had the pleasure of actually meeting one of the artists. How many pieces of pottery did you make while you were there?

    GUEST: I would say five or six altogether.

    APPRAISER: Well, you've got these two coasters here that you made. And then we can turn it on the back, and there's some marks here. There's a J.H, and what does that stand for?

    GUEST: That stands for Mr. Hutt, who was the potter at that time.

    APPRAISER: And then we've got initials here, and those are your initials. These vases here are also marked. This one says "N.C." for Newcomb College.

    GUEST: It meant that it was good enough to be sold in the Newcomb College gift shop.

    APPRAISER: And you never actually sold any of your pieces though, you said.

    GUEST: No, I kept them.

    APPRAISER: You said these were your $5,000 vases. Is that right? Because that's how much your college education cost was $5,000.

    GUEST: That's correct. Yes.

    APPRAISER: Well, normally, coasters like this would sell for between $500 and $700 each. But with the provenance that you made them and the history of you the artist, they might bring as much as $1,000 each. These vases would normally sell maybe in the $1,000 to $1,200 range, but again, with the provenance, they may be worth as much as $1,500 each. So really here we're looking at about $4,000 or $5,000 worth of Newcomb Pottery, and you're getting all your money back from your education.

    GUEST: (laughs)

    APPRAISER: I think that's really great.

    GUEST: That's amazing. This represents many wonderful memories. Those are times gone by.

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