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    English Needlework, ca. 1750 (Georgian Period)

    Appraised Value:

    $15,000 - $20,000

    Appraised on: August 26, 2006

    Appraised in: Honolulu, Hawaii

    Appraised by: Beth Szescila

    Category: Rugs & Textiles

    Episode Info: Jackpot! (#1116)
    Honolulu, Hour 1 (#1101)

    Originally Aired: January 1, 2007

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    Form: Embroidery
    Material: Cloth
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $15,000 - $20,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:46)


    Appraised By:

    Beth Szescila
    Decorative Arts, Rugs & Textiles
    Appraiser of Fine Art and Antiques
    Szescila Appraisal Service

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got them at a garage sale, probably about six or seven years ago. I picked them up just because they said, "Pick me up." I guess it was part of the color, uh, the style, and basically, just... I liked them.

    APPRAISER: And when you bought them, did they tell you anything about them?

    GUEST: They had no idea what they were.

    APPRAISER: No idea at all?

    GUEST: They said something that their grandmother had and they didn't want it anymore.

    APPRAISER: Well, they're English needlework done during the Georgian period. I would guess somewhere around, uh, 1750-ish, and they have a lot of things going for them. The colors are just wonderful. In one, you have a tortoise and in the other, you've got what appears to be either a porcupine or a hedgehog, and he's caught a snake. And the spandrels that go around the edges of the reserve-- you'll notice they're snakes. The imagery of this would have to really be researched. I'm not really certain why they've put together a tortoise and a porcupine, and what the significance of the snakes are.

    GUEST: Okay...

    APPRAISER: But I can tell you that the quality of the workmanship on these is really, extremely good. The background is almost all done in a pettipoint stitch, and there are other forms of needlepoint in here, too, but mixed with all this needlepoint background, we have a lot of embroidery going on. In this area, on the tortoise, and right here beside it, we've got a lot of French knots and a lot of other things like satin stitches and other forms of embroidery. And one thing that's very unusual about these is that they have a lot of wrapped metallic threads, which is quite unusual. Well, I would like to suggest to you that you take them to a framer who does good conservation framing. Make sure they put a spacer, probably on the edges of the frame, so that you can let the textile breathe.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: Okay? I haven't asked you the big question, which is: what did you pay for them?

    GUEST: They were very expensive.

    APPRAISER: Very expensive?

    GUEST: Very expensive. I paid $20 apiece for them.

    APPRAISER: $20 apiece.

    GUEST: $40 for the set.

    APPRAISER: $40 total. Well, I would say that at a good international auction, I think they would probably sell for somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000, and if you had the right buyers and you got two of them going after it, it could go up higher than that. But they're absolutely exquisite.

    GUEST: That's amazing. And that's... together, that would be 15...

    APPRAISER: Together, $15,000 to $20,000. That's not a bad deal for a $40 investment.

    GUEST: No, that's, that's a wonderful investment. Um, just a silly rhetorical question. You're serious?

    APPRAISER: I'm serious. (both laughing) Yes, I am serious.

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