19th-Century Adolph Metzner Painted Tile
Appraised Value: $5,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:34)
GUEST: This picture was done by my great-grandfather, Adolph Metzner. Adolph came over in the United States about 1852 or '55. Went to Louisville. There he was a pharmacist. The Civil War started. He joined the 32nd Indiana Regiment. He was a cartographer. After the Civil War, he came back to Indianapolis, started a pharmacy with another one of his war buddies. His wife became ill, and as a pharmacist, he thought he could cure her. She died, and he was so disgusted with his knowledge of medicine that he said that was it. He left Indianapolis and moved to Hamilton, Ohio. Why he started the tile business, we're not sure. We're sort of interested, is this a copy of a old master or whatever it is?
APPRAISER: Yes, this is a copy. It is a copy, but it's not by an old master. This is a copy of the work by Eduard von Grutzner. Now, von Grutzner was another German immigrant to the United States. And he was known for painting monk scenes like this, especially monks with spirits. And I was told that by my colleague Alan Fausel here. And I asked him what is the point of showing these monks with spirits? 'Cause we see that in arts-and-crafts pottery regularly. And he said, "Well, monks and Trappist monks were known to make beers and wine," but to show them imbibing, to show them enjoying may also be a way to put a more human face on the clergy. Now, I've seen many Hamilton tiles, none of which ever looked like that. What is usually found on the market are embossed tiles covered in a single majolica- colored glaze, so a panel like this must have been done for a special occasion, either an exposition or for something special at the office. This is, this is a really grand example. They don't get much better than this. I would like to give you a replacement insurance value. And I would put that at about $5,000.
GUEST: Okay, that sounds nice. Very good.
APPRAISER: All right?
GUEST: Appreciate the information. That's great.
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