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    1967 Edris Eckhardt Glass Plaque

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 - $3,500

    Appraised on: August 9, 2008

    Appraised in: Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Appraised by: David McCarron

    Category: Asian Arts

    Episode Info: Grand Rapids, Hour 3 (#1315)

    Originally Aired: May 4, 2009

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    Form: Plaque
    Material: Glass
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 - $3,500

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    Appraisal Video: (1:42)


    Appraised By:

    David McCarron
    Asian Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
    Senior Appraiser-Fine & Decorative Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My mother and father came across it. Some neighbors were moving, and they pulled it out of the trash about 20 years ago.

    APPRAISER: And do you know anything about this at all, or...

    GUEST: You know, I've tried to look a little bit online, but the artist had very small ceramic work, not anything this size.

    APPRAISER: The artist here is Edris Eckhardt, Cleveland artist, born 1905, died 1998. Very well known for small ceramic figures. She was a ceramic worker and then also worked in glass. She studied and taught at the Cleveland School of Art, also studied with Alexander Archipenko. She was very active in the early part of the 20th century in the Federal Arts Project, the WPA, that sort of thing. And this is actually a glass plaque. It's made in the fashion of what's known as p√Ęte de verre, French for "glass paste." It was a ancient Egyptian technique that the French rediscovered in the 19th century. It's signed here, "Edris Eckhardt," and this says 1967. Now, her glass works don't come to auction all that often. My colleagues and I discussed it, and I would say a nice conservative estimate for auction would be $2,500 to $3,500.

    GUEST: Oh...

    APPRAISER: But, again, that could be very conservative. I also wanted to mention that this is an older frame, probably a hundred years old, whereas the work of art is 40 years old. It's a very, very nice piece of glass, and I'm glad you brought it in.

    GUEST: Yeah, that's exciting! Great. Well, thank you.

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