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    George Ohr Vase, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Appraised on: July 8, 2006

    Appraised in: Mobile, Alabama

    Appraised by: Suzanne Perrault

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Mobile, Hour 1 (#1110)

    Originally Aired: March 26, 2007

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Ceramic
    Value Range: $10,000 - $15,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:50)


    Appraised By:

    Suzanne Perrault
    Pottery & Porcelain

    Rago Arts & Auction Center

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    GUEST: Right.

    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.

    GUEST: Right.

    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,

    GUEST: Yeah.

    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: Really?

    APPRAISER: Absolutely.

    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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