Bronze Birdbath, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $6,000
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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.
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