Early 20th-Century Lalique Vase & Sculpture
Appraised Value: $35,000 - $43,000
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (2:32)
GUEST: I got both of them at an estate sale. Well, I knew they were Lalique, or I suspected them to be, not just because of the signature, but because of the pieces themselves. And I really like Lalique.
APPRAISER: Well, you have a very good eye. Can you tell me what you paid for each one of them?
GUEST: I gave $2,000 for this one and a thousand dollars for this one.
APPRAISER: How long ago?
GUEST: Uh... somewhere between 15 and 20 years ago.
APPRAISER: That was a lot of money back then.
APPRAISER: It's a lot of money now.
APPRAISER: Well, let me tell you a little bit about what I know about them. This is a René Lalique piece called "Thais." It's made about the 1930s. And we know that this is an earlier piece because of the signature that's on the bottom of it that you can see here-- it's engraved "R. Lalique, France." What makes this piece so nice is that this is a rare piece, rare design that was made. And if you take a look, the opalescence on this piece is really incredible-- the color to it, the orange and the blue glow. It really makes her just stand out. This piece we know from the signature on it is a later piece, made about the 1940s, maybe 1949. However, it was designed early on. The piece is signed on the bottom. It says "Lalique" and it says "Crystalle" in France, which shows that this was something that was done by the son of René Lalique after he died. If you looked in the books, you would see that this pattern was also made during René Lalique's time--
GUEST: Yes, yes.
APPRAISER: --so it's very confusing, but the signature is correct. It is a post-World War II piece. This piece, originally made during René Lalique's time,would have been worth about $25,000 to $30,000.
APPRAISER: But this is a later piece, so it's not worth as much but still, it's very desirable. On today's market, this piece would sell for about $10,000 to $15,000. So, at a thousand dollars, you're doing pretty good. This piece I took a look at, and I talked over with one of our colleagues here who specializes in Lalique. As you may or may not know, the Lalique market has kind of gone up and down, and it's back up on the rise again today, so with this piece being a little more uncommon, and in the condition that she's in and with the great color, we felt, on today's market, about $25,000 to $28,000.
GUEST: Oh, jeez!
APPRAISER: So, you know, for your $2,000 and a thousand-dollar investment, you have really created quite a return on your money.
GUEST: I've done well.
APPRAISER: They are beautiful, beautiful pieces, and I thank you very much for bringing them in. I've enjoyed them immensely.
GUEST: That's wonderful.
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