Pair of Jeweled Coalport Urns, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $4,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:36)
Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President of Special Collections
GUEST: They were my grandparents', and after my grandfather died, my grandma downsized, moved to the States, and my mom didn't really want these, so she gave them to me.
APPRAISER: Where did she move from?
GUEST: She came from a town called Altrincham in England. And I'm really curious about the turquoise on them. I don't know if that's paint or if that's actual turquoise.
APPRAISER: Okay, let's start with the numbers and the marks on them. We'll see from the mark that they're made by Coalport, and Coalport is a well-known English porcelain company. This mark has numbers on it, which are design numbers. They're actually not of any real significance to us. We can tell from the mark two things about it-- first of all, that it's made at the Coalport Works and secondly, when it was made. Most Coalport that has this sort of mark has the date A.D. 1750 on it, which is a date they like to think is when the company started. It's close to that. But this one says "England" above the top, and that tells us these were made after 1891 and probably close to about 1900 or 1905-- before the 1920s. These are particularly good examples of Coalport porcelain, which was thriving at the time these were made. And what's especially good about it is this turquoising. It's not actual turquoise. These are little blobs of slip or liquid clay of turquoise color. And when this is done on porcelain, it's called jeweling. They graduate down. It's done in a very controlled manner. There's no secret to it. It's all hand-done, and the people who did it had very steady hands. But to have the entire body jeweled is very unusual. This is called reticulation, where the neck here and further down is pierced in this design with a pink body at the back to close it. This is quite difficult to accomplish. They would have been expensive when they were new a hundred years ago. Have you ever had them valued, or did your grandparents ever think about that?
APPRAISER: Well, one of the great things about them is that they're perfect. This is quite delicate with these little feet and so on and their lids that get lost. But it's all there. They're perfect. Jeweled Coalport today is perhaps the most valuable of all Coalport from any period. If these came at auction, they're likely to bring about anywhere from, I would say, $3,000 to perhaps $4,000 or maybe even a little more.
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