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    Paolo Venini Art Glass Vase, ca. 1955

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 - $10,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $22,000 - $28,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 19, 1999

    Appraised in: Baltimore, Maryland

    Appraised by: Vivian Highberg

    Category: Glass

    Episode Info: Baltimore (#1829)
    Naughty or Nice (#1420)
    Baltimore (#409)

    Originally Aired: March 27, 2000

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Glass
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $8,000 - $10,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $22,000 - $28,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (-1:25:00)


    Appraised By:

    Vivian Highberg
    Glass, Pottery & Porcelain

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: He's an Italian glassmaker. And he had a glass house in Murano, Italy, from 1929 to 1959, when he died.

    GUEST: Aha.

    APPRAISER: Now, they're still in production but it has nothing to do with the family and it's changed quite a bit.

    GUEST: Aha.

    APPRAISER: And the piece was designed by Fulvio Bianconi.

    GUEST: Wow.

    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.

    GUEST: Yes.

    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.

    GUEST: Wow!

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