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    Paolo Venini Art Glass Vase

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 - $10,000

    Appraised on: June 19, 1999

    Appraised in: Baltimore, Maryland

    Appraised by: Vivian Highberg

    Category: Glass

    Episode Info: Naughty or Nice (#1420)

    Originally Aired: December 20, 2010

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Glass
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $8,000 - $10,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:23)


    Appraised By:

    Vivian Highberg
    Glass, Pottery & Porcelain

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My father bought it in about 1962, somewhere around that time frame.

    APPRAISER: And do you remember how much you paid for it?

    GUEST: I think in the realm of $50.

    APPRAISER: Maybe we'll turn it around now.

    GUEST: My father named it Evelyn.

    APPRAISER: This is Evelyn.

    GUEST: This is Evelyn.

    APPRAISER: Why did he name it Evelyn?

    GUEST: Because my father thought it looked like my mother, and my mother didn't appreciate that at all.

    APPRAISER: No? Well, I think if she looked like this, she looked very, very good. It is done from the glassworks of Paolo Venini. He's an Italian glass maker, and he had a glass house in Murano, Italy. They're still in production, but it has nothing to do with the family, and it's changed quite a bit. And I think the piece was designed by Fulvio Bianconi. So it's a very rare piece, very rare.

    GUEST: I'll be, I'll be.

    APPRAISER: And you can also look at it beside a lovely hourglass nude. If you look, it looks like a cat-- two eyes and two ears, and it has a pulled feather design. This is an old technique. I think you'll be happy to know that your father made a wonderful investment, and Evelyn should stay in your possession, because...

    GUEST: Yeah, Evelyn's not going anywhere. ...

    APPRAISER: Evelyn at auction could go from $8,000 to $10,000.

    GUEST: Wow. Oh, you made me get goosebumps.

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