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    Outside-Decorated Meissen Vase

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 - $3,500

    Appraised on: July 29, 2006

    Appraised in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Appraised by: Jody Wilkie

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Milwaukee, Hour 2 (#1118)

    Originally Aired: November 5, 2007

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    Form: Vase
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 - $3,500

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    Appraised By:

    Jody Wilkie
    Pottery & Porcelain
    Senior Vice President & International Specialist Head, European Ceramics and Glass

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: It's a vase I bought about ten years ago. It came from this area in Wisconsin. And other than that, it... I don't know a lot.

    APPRAISER: And in the intervening ten years, have you had a thought about what you think it is?

    GUEST: I believe it is Meissen. The serpentine handles, snake handles, is to me, the clue, that that could be what its origin is.

    APPRAISER: Well, you're right about the snake handles. The shape of this vase is called a baluster form, with these entwined snake handles. The vase itself, also does have the mark of the factory. And I'll show that to you. If we look on the underside, there is... a blue crossed swords, which is the mark of Meissen. Now there is also two cuts, slash marks, going through the swords. And what those are referred to is cancellation marks. It means that when the vase was potted and the mark put on, for one reason or another, it was decided that this particular example was a second, and it was likely sold out of the factory as a white vase. In the intervening years, another manufacturer or workshop will have bought it as white, and will have done this unbelievably elaborate decoration that is referred to as Vienna style. It's a type of decoration, with these really pretty bands of different colors and very elaborate foliate scrolls, that was initiated in Vienna in the late 18th century, and then, I'll say reprised, in the 19th century and into the 20th century. This vase, because of the decoration and the styling, I would say is definitely 19th century, maybe 1870, 1875. The vase is substantial in size. They are very popular. A Meissen blank with Vienna style outside decoration on it would probably be estimated between $2,500 and $3,500 at auction.

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: Really. I tend to be conservative in my pricing, so were a sale to take place, it wouldn't surprise me if it made more than that. But if the entire decoration were Meissen decoration, then it would probably be $10,000 to $15,000 and possibly more. But a really, really lovely piece, and thank you so much.

    GUEST: Thank you, thank you.

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