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    A.E. Tile Co. Panel, ca. 1920

    Appraised Value:

    $1,500 - $2,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $1,000 - $1,500 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 14, 1999

    Appraised in: Columbus, Ohio

    Appraised by: Suzanne Perrault

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Columbus (#1827)
    Columbus (#402)

    Originally Aired: January 17, 2000

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    Form: Tile
    Material: Porcelain
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,500 - $2,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $1,000 - $1,500 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:12)


    Appraised By:

    Suzanne Perrault
    Pottery & Porcelain

    Rago Arts & Auction Center

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: When we bought our house about five years ago, this was hanging over the fireplace in the family room.

    APPRAISER: And it wheels here? It rolls?

    GUEST: Yeah, it has... it has caster wheels that the previous owner had it mounted on a rail and he could move it back and forth to access the electrical panels and the chimney flue-- that kind of thing-- from the fireplace.

    APPRAISER: That is so... I've never heard about that. That's really great.

    GUEST: Yeah, he was a pretty ingenious guy, I guess.

    APPRAISER: Yeah. This panel is really interesting because it was made by the American Encaustic Tile Company of Zanesville, Ohio, which is very close by.

    GUEST: Oh, yeah, yeah.

    APPRAISER: It's unusual because of its large size but also because of the size of the tiles that make it.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: Usually if you have a large panel made up of tiles, they're all six inches, almost all the time.

    GUEST: Six-inch square?

    APPRAISER: Six-inch square. And so these are like a very '20s type of size.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: And also because it's not decorated in the customary Victorian American encaustic type of style which is molded, which you usually see. This is hand-painted in the Delft style.

    GUEST: In the Delft style, okay.

    APPRAISER: And I don't know if you're familiar with Delft. It's a city in Holland. They've been producing pots and tiles and mostly tin-glazed in blue and white, just like this.

    GUEST: Oh, really?

    APPRAISER: So this is America Encaustic's version of the very famous Delft tiles that have been exported all over the world for centuries. So it's a really nice statement.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: And you told me that this small tile here comes off, right?

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And we can see a mark back here. So I'm going to show this here, right here. And that says "A.E. Tile Co."

    GUEST: Yes, yes.

    APPRAISER: For the American Encaustic Tile Company.

    GUEST: Hmm, interesting.

    APPRAISER: And because this panel is so large, I would value this at somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000.

    GUEST: Hmm, not bad.

    APPRAISER: Not bad at all.

    GUEST: Not bad for something that was hanging in your basement. (chuckles)

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