Zuni Jar, ca. 1895
Appraised Value: $18,000 - $25,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:17)
Antiques Appraiser and Consultant
GUEST: My father-in-law was an early aviator and he was flying over the Southwest, over the Zuni Reservation back in the late '20s. And the man that ran the trading post there gave him this pot and said he got it from one of the kivas at the reservation.
APPRAISER: Great, great. Now, it's been in your family, and it's passed down through the family and you're now the owner?
GUEST: Yes, that's true.
APPRAISER: Do you have any other pots in the collection?
GUEST: No, just this one.
APPRAISER: Now, did you have somebody else look at this?
GUEST: We did-- we had a house on the East Coast appraise it some years ago, back in the early '90s.
APPRAISER: Okay, what was the appraisal value?
GUEST: They said $2,000 to $5,000.
APPRAISER: $2,000 to $5,000. A number of these were collected in the latter part of the 19th century, the early part of the 20th century for museums. Specifically, the Smithsonian had a man named Stevenson that collected a great number of them. What we look for in pots like this is balance. This has a beautiful symmetry and balance to it. The other thing is the quality of the painting. The painting is really quite beautiful on this. These designs are typical of Zuni, and it's actually one of the ways that we identify a pot. Condition is a big factor. Now, some people would be upset by this... this damage on the rim. This is actually a note of authenticity, because the water in Zuni just chews these rims up. So that's good to see. And because of the slope here and the shape, this pot is probably 1890 to 1900.
APPRAISER: So it's certainly older than when he collected it. So, overall, we have a good-size pot.
APPRAISER: We have nice condition, and I think that you're going to find that the prices have changed a lot.
GUEST: Oh, that'd be nice.
APPRAISER: The market has gone crazy over these. So, conservatively, this now is an $18,000-to-$20,000 pot.
APPRAISER: I have seen at auction in the last year or two and some dealers in Santa Fe that this could go as high as $25,000.
GUEST: Oh. Cool.
APPRAISER: That would be a replacement cost price.
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