Paolo Venini Art Glass Vase, ca. 1955
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $10,000 (1999)
$22,000 - $28,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (-1:25:00)
GUEST: My father bought it in about 1962.
APPRAISER: And do you remember how much he paid for it?
GUEST: I think in the realm of $50. My father named it "Evelyn." 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. (laughing)
APPRAISER: Well, I think if she looked like this, she looked very, very good.
GUEST: I really don't know anything about the people who made it. I know it has a signature on the bottom, but I don't know anything about the manufacturer.
APPRAISER: It is done from the glassworks of Paolo Venini.
APPRAISER: He's an Italian glassmaker. And he had a glass house in Murano, Italy, from 1929 to 1959, when he died.
APPRAISER: Now, they're still in production but it has nothing to do with the family and it's changed quite a bit.
APPRAISER: And the piece was designed by Fulvio Bianconi.
APPRAISER: So it's a very rare piece.
GUEST: I'll be!
APPRAISER: Very rare. 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.
APPRAISER: And it has a pulled-feather design. This is an old technique. Your father made a wonderful investment and Evelyn should stay in your possession.
GUEST: Yeah, Evelyn's not going anywhere.
APPRAISER: Evelyn at auction could go from $8,000 to $10,000.
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