Bronze Birdbath, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $6,000
IMAGE: 1 of 2
Appraisal Video: (1:54)
GUEST: This piece was bought in an antique store in Atlanta. We had department stores in Atlanta which was Rich's and Davison-Paxon.
APPRAISER: I see.
GUEST: Each one had an antique department. It was bought by my father and given in memory of my grandfather to a church in Atlanta. I used it in the baptistery for flower arrangements.
GUEST: Then I got married and left the church, they said they were not using it anymore; if I wanted it, I was welcome to it. So they give it back to me.
APPRAISER: So it came back to you?
GUEST: Yes, sir.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a birdbath.
GUEST: Yes, sir.
APPRAISER: It's quite a piece, and, um... Is there anything else that you know about it?
GUEST: Uh... it's bronze. I assumed that it was an Italian piece.
APPRAISER: Yeah. Well, I believe that it's definitely an Italian piece and probably around 100 years old, circa 1890. And, uh... these were made for homes and probably for castles in Europe.
GUEST: Yes, used in the garden.
APPRAISER: Used in the formal gardens. And you haven't used it as a garden piece?
GUEST: No, I do not. It stays in the foyer of my house with a flower arrangement in there.
APPRAISER: I think the unusual part of this are the rams' heads, and then the paw feet. And, of course, that snake in the center there is really an unusual item.
GUEST: Yes. That snake weighs at least 75 to 80 pounds.
APPRAISER: Oh, well, I'm sure it does. There's a lot of work that's along the columns here and along the snake, and also along the edge of the bowl there's quite a bit of work. In my opinion, it's probably in the $4,000 to $6,000 area. But it's really quite a piece.
GUEST: Thank you, I've really enjoyed it.
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.