Japanese Hirado Porcelain, ca. 1850
Appraised Value: $1,500 - $2,500 (1999)
$800 - $1,100 (2013)
IMAGE: 1 of 3
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.
This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.