Paolo Venini Art Glass Vase
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $10,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:23)
Glass, Pottery & Porcelain
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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