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    William Zorach Carved Wood Sculpture of a Cat, ca.1930

    Appraised Value:

    $25,000 - $35,000 (2011)

    Updated Value:

    $35,000 - $40,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 4, 2011

    Appraised in: Eugene, Oregon

    Appraised by: Eric Silver

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Cats and Dogs (#1619)
    Eugene (#1606)

    Originally Aired: February 6, 2012

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    Form: Carving
    Material: Wood, Mahogany
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $25,000 - $35,000 (2011)
    Updated Value: $35,000 - $40,000 (2012)

    Update 11.12.2012:

    We contacted appraiser Eric Silver for an updated appraisal in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $35,000 - $45,000 (Increased)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:29)


    Appraised By:

    Eric Silver
    Metalwork & Sculpture
    Lillian Nassau, LLC

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got it from my sister, and she got it from a friend of hers about five or six years ago. It was sitting on her mantel and she just decided she didn't want it anymore, and I have cats at home, and I have a cat picture on the wall, so it was natural for her
    to give it to me.

    APPRAISER: So you know who the artist is, a fairly well-known artist.

    GUEST: I do.

    APPRAISER: Tell me what you found out about Mr. Zorach.

    GUEST: I looked on the Internet. He was an abstract painter, it looks like, in the first part of the last century, and then he started doing carvings, and cats were one of his things that he liked to do.

    APPRAISER: That's right. He was born in Lithuania and came here as a child. He studied in New York, he studied in Paris, and he did start as a painter, an abstract painter. In fact, he exhibited at this famous Armory show of 1913. He became well known as a sculptor, and this is a great example of his carving. It's signed here on the back, "Zorach," and I like that really bold, bold signature there.

    GUEST: Oh, I do too. Yeah, that's great.

    APPRAISER: I think he was really proud of this wonderful, wonderful cat. I mean, it's amazing how he captures his personality.

    GUEST: The personality is what I really liked about it.

    APPRAISER: t's very, very heavy, as you know.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: Pretty sure it's made out of mahogany. It's tough to carve, so this is a great testament to his carving abilities. And I don't know if you noticed, but this is made out of two pieces of wood.

    GUEST: No, I didn't notice that!

    APPRAISER: You see right over here?

    GUEST: Yeah, I thought it was a crack or something like that.

    APPRAISER: No, because it goes all the way around.

    GUEST: Oh!

    APPRAISER: The wood was not quite high enough, so typically, artists would glue together two pieces and then carve it.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: I think this was carved probably in the 1920s or '30s.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: He did a lot of sculptures. He liked these cats. Most of his work was done in bronze. The carved wood ones are much rarer. And that's what's so great about this is its surface, the way it's carved, the sort of faceting, and it gives it a life, it gives vitality to the piece.

    GUEST: Yeah, yeah.

    APPRAISER: I would think at auction, this is probably in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.

    GUEST: That's quite a bit.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: And I think it's toward the higher end of that.

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: Because the size is very good, and the personality that he's been able to capture in this cat is just so wonderful.

    GUEST: Yeah, I had no idea. A cliché, but I... That's amazing, it really is.

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