Appraisal Video: (3:24)
Pottery & Porcelain
David Lackey Antiques & Art
GUEST: It was bought by my grandfather as a wedding gift out of a pawnshop in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
GUEST: And that was 1925, and since then, it's been in the family.
APPRAISER: I understand that you have more pieces to this set.
GUEST: There are six more cups.
APPRAISER: So you've got 12 of the punch cups and the bowl. Well, this is incredibly confusing, because there's four or five different marks on this set. First of all, let's look at the mark here on the bowl. If we turn the bowl like this, we can find a hand-painted signature here that says "Brauer," B-r-a-u-e-r. And then if we look at the stand, we find two marks. We've got this mark, "T & V Limoges, France," and then it says "Julius Brauer Painted China." And then on the punch cups, we have an additional hand- painted signature in the design. It's just a little monogram, which is hard to see.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: And on the bottom, it says "Haviland, France." Now, around the turn of the century, china painting was a big fad, and people would buy plain white china from different wholesalers, and then they would hand-paint it. And there were several professional studios, mostly in the Chicago area, which employed artists which would hand-paint china and then sell it. So this china came to the United States plain white. These were made by Haviland & Company in Limoges, France. These two pieces, which have the same mark on them, which say "T & V Limoges," stands for Tressemanes and Vogt, which is another Limoges factory, completely different companies. So we want to know "Well, who painted it?" Was it an amateur? Was it a professional? Well, when you brought this to the table, you took it out of the box and we all looked at it and said, "Wow, that's a great Pickard punchbowl set."
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: And Pickard is the largest and most famous decorating company. However, this was not done by Pickard. This was done by another decorating studio. Julius Brauer was a German. He was born in 1870 in Germany. He emigrated about 1890, and he ended up in Chicago around the turn of the century, where he was working for the Pickard company, and this was actually a Pickard pattern.
APPRAISER: It's called the poinsettia pattern. They would bring in blank china, he would hand-paint it, they'd come pick it up, and they would fire it and they'd resell it. Well, he did that for just a few years and he said, "Hey, I can do this myself. I don't need them." So he opened up his own decorating studio, and he... in fact, over time he stole a lot of the artists from Pickard, including some of their very famous artists. They came and worked for him. Well, he painted this pattern. So he took a Pickard pattern, he changed it just a little bit. Now, his pieces of Pickard are signed "Brauer," just the same way.
APPRAISER: This set was made around 1910 or so. This was expensive when it was new. It's really, really desirable stuff. This is a great pattern with great colors. You've got the whole set with all 12 of the punch cups. You've got the stand, which sometimes gets lost. The whole set would sell for somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000.
APPRAISER: But if it had actually been done by him while he worked at Pickard, it would probably be worth just a little bit more because Pickard is kind of the Tiffany of hand-painted porcelain.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: But he's such a great artist, this is such a great pattern that collectors would still just go wild for this set.