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    Bronze Birdbath, ca. 1890

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $6,000

    Appraised on: July 12, 2003

    Appraised in: Savannah, Georgia

    Appraised by: Lawrence DuMouchelle

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Savannah, Hour 3 (#812)

    Originally Aired: April 12, 2004

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    Form: Ornament
    Material: Bronze
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $6,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:54)


    Appraised By:

    Lawrence DuMouchelle
    Decorative Arts, Metalwork & Sculpture

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    APPRAISER: Uh-huh.

    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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