Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,000 (2006)
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Appraisal Video: (2:53)
GUEST: My mother enjoyed antiquing and she picked it up, probably somewhere in Atlanta. I know a couple of years after she bought it, she had it appraised. I don't know what happened to the appraisal. When she passed away and we closed down her estate, I thought it was very pretty and put it up on a shelf.
APPRAISER: Well, this was made by the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio, which was one of the largest
potteries in the country and, really, in the world.
APPRAISER: This type of Rookwood wear-- the brown glaze, or standard glaze, which was imitated by many other
potteries in this country-- is not really much in favor these days because it has a Victorian flavor to it. However, this is a particularly lovely example of the silver overlaid standard glaze.
GUEST: That is silver, then.
APPRAISER: It is silver.
APPRAISER: The silver was added on afterwards by the Gorham Company. The silverwork usually gets cleaned over and over again. As it gets cleaned, two things happen. The silver polish will seep in through the crazing of the glaze and so you'll have dark brown staining. Also when you clean the silver, oftentimes the cloth will get stuck in one of the tiny little pieces and snap them off. In this condition, it is so rare and so pristine. So that's really exciting, the fact that you have this very dark silver is very charming.
GUEST: Okay, so I should really just leave it alone.
APPRAISER: I would leave it like that.
GUEST: Just dust it?
APPRAISER: That's correct. I would not... it's a question of preference, but I would not clean it if you
could avoid it.
GUEST: Okay. It's good, I don't like cleaning silver anyway.
APPRAISER: Now, underneath the silver, you have the work of one of their better artists, Harriet Wilcox. And Harriet Wilcox was known, among other things, for her wonderfully whimsical little creatures. This little fellow is so cute. Harriet Wilcox would've painted the figure and then sprayed the glaze and then added this extra amber overglaze and then fired it again and then the silver overlay. So let me show you the Rookwood mark.
APPRAISER: And here, the mark of the artist, Harriet Wilcox.
APPRAISER: And you can see the Gorham mark here. So, I'm very excited about this piece, and in a gallery I would definitely give it a price of $4,000 to $5,000 retail.
GUEST: Wow, really? That's fun.
APPRAISER: It's that good.
GUEST: That's great.
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