Demetre Chiparus "Invocation" Statue
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,000 (1999)
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Appraisal Video: (1:50)
GUEST: My father was an artist and when he was in his 20s, he lived in Vancouver, and he bought it in the 1920s.
GUEST: And he bought it to use as a model for nudes.
APPRAISER: Oh, sure.
GUEST: And my mother didn't like it, so she put it away. I think she didn't like it because it was passť and she wanted "modern" things.
GUEST: When I was in high school, I persuaded her to put it out and display it. I've always loved it, so when I had my 50th birthday, she surprised me with it and gave it to me for my golden birthday.
APPRAISER: Oh, well, great.
GUEST: It's priceless to me.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a wonderful little piece. It's by the artist Demetre Chiparus. It's called "Invocation," probably made around the '20s. Chiparus was known for his gilding and his enameling. This piece happens to be gilded. It's fully signed on the top: "D. Chiparus." It's on its original base, and the condition is wonderful. It is also signed by the foundry: the Etling Foundry from Paris. Now, this piece was made in three different sizes, I believe, and this is the smallest version of this piece. I feel it's worth between $4,000 and $5,000, is my opinion.
GUEST: Oh, my word. You must be kidding.
APPRAISER: It's really a great piece.
GUEST: I love it.
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