Japanese Hirado Porcelain, ca. 1850
Appraised Value: $1,500 - $2,500 (1999)
$800 - $1,100 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:00)
GUEST: My father collected drinking pieces. This was the pride and joy of his collection was his rice wine bottle.
APPRAISER: This being his best piece in the Chinese, 18th-century vein. Well, this happens to be a beautiful piece of porcelain. It isn't Chinese, though. It's Japanese Hirado porcelain. It dates to about 1840 to 1860.
GUEST: Is Hirado a period or a style?
APPRAISER: It's a style of porcelain. It's notable for the pale blues on a creamy white. Generally a very restrained decoration. There's always a lot of white space. This piece today would have a value of $1,500 to $2,500.
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