Durand Art Glass Vase, ca. 1928
Appraised Value: $1,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:26)
Lillian Nassau, LLC
GUEST: I brought a piece of art glass that was given to my husband and myself, and I really don't know anything about it except the person that gave it to us said that it was very special. And she had no one in her family to give it to. She liked my husband very much and she said, "I would love for you to have it," and it's been in the cabinet.
APPRAISER: How many years?
GUEST: I'd say it's got to be probably 30 years anyway.
APPRAISER: And, and do you have more of this?
GUEST: There was another one just like this and it broke in the hurricane, so this is all I have.
APPRAISER: Oh, okay, all right. Well, I'm glad you were able to save this. It is a piece of Durand art glass.
APPRAISER: Durand Art Glass was the art glass division of Vineland Flint Glassworks in Vineland, New Jersey. Vineland Flint Glassworks was started by a man named Victor Durand. He established the company in the late 19th century, and initially they were making utilitarian objects and bottles. But in 1924, his son, Victor Durand, Jr., established an art glass line, and that art glass line was called Durand Art Glass. And they made pieces like this from about 1924 to 1931. This is very elegant, very typical of Durand art glass. And it's really typical of American Art Nouveau art glass. The design that you see, this is a leaf and vine. Sometimes people also call this a heart and vine. Now, what's interesting is, is that Durand, in 1924, was making something that actually looked Art Nouveau, when really that was the heart of the Art Deco period. However, there clearly was a market for this. I know you must have looked at the bottom.
GUEST: I, yeah, we saw the bottom.
APPRAISER: Okay, well, there's a signature there that says "Durand" on it.
APPRAISER: So that was the big hint. However, if you don't know what you were looking for, it's hard to see.
GUEST: Exactly, exactly.
APPRAISER: Okay, so, a piece like this today in a retail shop could sell for around $1,000, and if you had had the two, there's a little premium when you have a pair, and if it were in as good a condition as this is, the pair would have sold for $2,500.
GUEST: Oh, great, great.
APPRAISER: It's a beautiful piece.
GUEST: Thank you.
APPRAISER: You're welcome.
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