George Ohr Vase, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $10,000 - $15,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:50)
GUEST: This is a piece of my great-grandfather's pottery, George Ohr. And he was the Mad Potter of Biloxi, Mississippi.
APPRAISER: And how did you come about having this?
GUEST: My mother is an Ohr. She was Otto's daughter, and Otto was George's son. And so she got five pieces. I have a brother and a sister, and this is the piece that I picked.
APPRAISER: You picked well.
GUEST: Thank you. I think so.
APPRAISER: This is really gorgeous.
GUEST: Thank you.
APPRAISER: And I'm a big fan of George's work.
GUEST: Oh, great.
APPRAISER: I think he is the greatest ceramic artist, living or dead, in this country.
GUEST: Oh, that's what they always say.
APPRAISER: So ahead of his time. George was working out of Biloxi, Mississippi.
APPRAISER: And it's not that far over. However, as you may know, most of your great-granddad's work went up to New Jersey.
APPRAISER: Maybe some 10,000 pieces or so with Mr. Jim Carpenter, who was an antique dealer, and that happened in the early 1970s. And so little was left beyond that,
APPRAISER: and the pieces that are actually descended from the family are very, very rare. And these are called "Pre-Carpenterian" pieces-- before Jim Carpenter. And this is a large and beautiful piece. George worked mostly hand-size. So anything that is bigger than hand-size is very good. And this is a particularly sweet piece. It has a nice in-body twist here at the base, and a gorgeous mottle glaze. He worked often in fairly dull, black glazes, brown glazes. And this is so alive, it has a lot of mottling of the greens and raspberries. These are really beautiful. There is a chip here at the front. Do you know how that happened?
GUEST: No, I don't. These things happen, right? Probably in moving. (laughs)
APPRAISER: And another smaller one on the inside here, but this is such a lovely pot, with so many terrific attributes, that it still has some great value. I want to show the mark here, which is the mark that we most often see...
GUEST: Yeah, it's stamped.
APPRAISER: ...on George's pots, this stamp here that says Biloxi, Mississippi. And this lovely piece, because of everything it has, because of the provenance... would easily be at auction $15,000 to $20,000.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness. Oh, well, see, I just wanted to know for my own-- you know, my own piece of mind what it was because I've never had it appraised before.
APPRAISER: Never had...
GUEST: Ooh goodness. That just takes my breath away.
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