Van Briggle "Lorelei" Vase
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:34)
Pottery & Porcelain
Rago Arts & Auction Center
GUEST: I've always been very fond of Van Briggle vases, and I was looking for the siren, or the Lorelei, and I came upon this about 12 years ago.
APPRAISER: This is really typical of his most mature Lorelei. Van Briggle made Loreleis from 1897 until his death in '04, and then they made them... they're still making them.
APPRAISER: So you can put 50 different Loreleis from end to end, they'd all be a different year, and each one's a little bit different, especially the earlier ones. And we had one on the show many years ago that was a '97 version, and it was extremely rare and very valuable, much more so than this, but it was clumsy. It wasn't until around 1902, 1903, that he really hit his stride with them. He elongated the form. The diaphanous veil that barely covers her body is delicately modeled into the surface. You can see the depth of modeling in the hair. Even though it's a molded pot, there's some handwork done afterwards. So you know when you see this, by that quality of representation and the glazing, that it's an early piece. How early is it?
Because that's where the money is.
APPRAISER: So we look at the bottom of this piece. There's no date on it, but the Van Briggle mark is there, and the G's in the "Van Briggle" mark, that's his handwriting. He finished this piece, he signed the piece. We know it can't be any later than 1904. It's almost certainly 1902 or 1903. Now, if I knew this was a 1902 piece, I could give you a higher price for it. Right now I would say, because we don't have a specific date, between $20,000 and $30,000. If we knew it was 1902, I'd probably say $30,000 to $40,000 or $40,000 to $50,000. If it was 1900, it'd be $50,000 to $100,000, even in today's market.
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