Appraisal Video: (3:19)
Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President of Special Collections
APPRAISER: When you came in with this, I thought you had two pieces, and then you put the big bowl on top of the little bowl and...
APPRAISER: And it made sense. But tell me, where did you find this punchbowl?
GUEST: I found this bowl at a little antique shop in Keystone Heights, Florida. The man that owned the shop had it sitting just like it is now, and I took one look at it, fell in love with it and had to have it.
APPRAISER: But what did the antiques dealer tell you about it?
GUEST: He said he got it... I think he told me Orlando, and I asked him what it was, because I had never seen anything like it before, and he said that it was English, and that's all he knew about it.
APPRAISER: Okay, well, I'd like to tell you a little about it, and I've got good news and bad news for you.
APPRAISER: I'm going to start with the bad news. The bad news is it's not old, and when I say not old, I mean it's really new. It may have been made in the last ten or 15 years, something like that.
APPRAISER: And it's not English, either.
GUEST: Oh, my.
APPRAISER: Now, it looks English, and a lot of people would assume it's English because it's got a blue and white transfer-printed look that we associate with England and with Staffordshire potteries in particular. Now let's turn it over and look at the mark, which you probably did. Both pieces are marked.
APPRAISER: Now, if we look this mark up in a book of marks on English pottery...
APPRAISER: We're not going to find it. We're going to find something that looks like this, and we're going to find the word "ironstone," which was an invention of the Victorians. They made a lot of this kind of thing, out of ironstone ware, but someone's made up this mark. They've made it up to look like an old Victorian English mark. And they know what they're doing, because they've put all the little ingredients in that look right, but it's actually been made in Southeast Asia.
APPRAISER: I'm not sure exactly where it was made, and I asked a few colleagues if they know what corner of the world it was made in. Possibly Taiwan, we think. But it's been made as a reproduction. Now, one of the reasons I wanted to talk about it is we do see a lot of these coming into ROADSHOW. You'll see them today in smaller antique store, little auctions have them.
APPRAISER: However, I haven't seen one quite as big and as impressive as this, and in a way this is the good news. The quality of this is really quite good. It's well made, it's very decorative. And how much did you pay for it?
GUEST: Um, I paid him $195 for it. He wanted... he asked for $225. I said, "I don't have that much money." So I asked him would he take less, and he said $190 was as low as he could take for it, so I had that and I gave it to him.
APPRAISER: I don't see any problem in that kind of money being spent on this.
APPRAISER: It's not an antique, though, and I do see a problem in antique shops selling things like this if they represent them as old or they misrepresent them as something else, you know.
GUEST: Okay, he didn't say it was old.
APPRAISER: No, he did not.
GUEST: He did say it was English.
APPRAISER: He may have thought that. But if I'm putting a value on it, I'm going to say $200 to $300 or maybe more.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: You might find somebody who's, um, who's willing to spend more money on it--
APPRAISER: --because it's a big item and it's got a good look.
GUEST: Well, we'll have fun at my house using it for punch at Thanksgiving.
APPRAISER: Did you tell me somebody offered you 800 bucks for it?
GUEST: Yeah. My husband is probably going to kill me, because I didn't take the $800.