Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain
Appraised Value: $800 - $1,000 (1998)
$800 - $1,000 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:29)
Andrea Blunck Frost
Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Senior Vice President & Director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts
Doyle New York
GUEST: Well, they actually belong to my grandmother, who's 96 years old and in a nursing home. And now they're stored in my mother's basement.
APPRAISER: Well, all of the pieces are Chinese. They are of a pattern called Rose Medallion. It's because of the rose-colored glaze, and then the medallions of different decorations, figures and flowers with birds. Now, Rose Medallion was very popular, is very popular here in America. It's also popular in Europe. They started importing it around 1840, and they're still making it and importing it today. So let's start with the nicest piece that you have, which is the platter. This is also the oldest piece that you have. If you look at it very carefully, it's very detailed in terms of the painting. The quality of painting is the highest. So I would date this to about 1850, 1860. So it's mid-19th century. These pieces are about 50 years later, about 1900. If you look at the quality of the workmanship, the figures aren't as finely painted. The details of the roses aren't as nicely done. And also, if you look at the bottom, the porcelain, it's fully glazed, whereas here on the platter, it has this wonderful unglazed, very rough surface. This indicates that it's earlier than the glazed surface. So those are some of the things to look for. Another indication for later Rose Medallion is the fact that it's marked "Made in China." If something is marked "Made in China," it is automatically 20th century. That's a dead giveaway. And then you have something like this piece here, which is basically a contemporary copy incorporating Rose Medallion designs. The colors that you see, none of the colors are the same. It looks very, very different. In terms of value, for the platter, I would say you're looking somewhere around $400. It's in a little rough condition, but you told me that your grandmother used it a lot.
GUEST: She liked that piece.
APPRAISER: So I would say about $400. For this piece, about $100, about $50, $75 to $100 on these pieces. And this, really very little-- about ten dollars.
GUEST: Yeah, we just threw that in as a side piece.
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