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    Demetre Chiparus Bronze Figure, "Starfish"

    Appraised Value:

    $100,000 - $150,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $150,000 - $250,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 7, 1999

    Appraised in: Toronto, Ontario

    Appraised by: David McCarron

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Toronto (#1828)
    Greatest Finds (#814)
    Toronto (#411)

    Originally Aired: April 10, 2000

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    Form: Figure
    Material: Bronze, Ivory, Marble
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $100,000 - $150,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $150,000 - $250,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:04)


    Appraised By:

    David McCarron
    Asian Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
    Senior Appraiser-Fine & Decorative Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's been in my family for over 40 years. It was purchased by my father when he was in the midst of purchasing a building in downtown Toronto. He had already bought the building. The owner who had his business there said to him if he would like to purchase this statue. And he said that he would very much like to do so and so an agreement was struck, and he bought it.

    APPRAISER: And do you remember what he paid for it?

    GUEST: Yes, two dollars.

    APPRAISER: Two dollars Canadian?

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: Okay. The statue here, which is bronze, ivory and marble, has a signature: "D. Chiparus." Now, Demetre Chiparus was a Romanian who studied and worked in Paris. Most of his work was early in this century, in the '20s. He was very much influenced by the Russian ballet. Most of his figures are delightful like this with a curvilinear look and an ease that's very appealing to the eye.

    APPRAISER: This particular model is called Starfish. His work is so popular that nine out of ten of these that we see are copies. But this one you can tell is original for a number of reasons: the fine quality of the casting, the detail work in the body and also the very, very detailed carving in the face. You can also see fine cracks in the ivory, which is a telltale sign of age.

    APPRAISER: Usha and I have conferred and feel that very easily this is worth $100,000 to $150,000 American-- U.S. dollars.

    GUEST: Oh, my Lord! Oh, that's wonderful.

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