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    Webb Peachblow Glass Vase, ca. 1880

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 - $3,500

    Appraised on: August 13, 2011

    Appraised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Kathleen Bailey

    Category: Glass

    Episode Info: Pittsburgh, Hour 1 (#1607)

    Originally Aired: February 13, 2012

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Glass
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 - $3,500

    Update 3.12.2012:

    After this appraisal aired on February 13, 2012, a viewer wrote in questioning the appraiser's attribution of Webb as having made the vase. The viewer's opinion was that the vase is in fact an example of Bohemian glass made by Harrach.

    Part of appraiser Kathy Bailey's initial research was based on published academic line drawings for works of this shape that had been made in England. Bailey allowed that the latest definitive academic research was not available at the time this appraisal was recorded. She also noted that it was possible that the vase was by Harrach of Bohemia, saying, "Heated arguments have persisted over the years regarding the Webb attribution. ... [I'm] looking forward to new definitive scholarship which may be available in 2012." She added that in her opinion, the approximate age and value of the vase remains the same.

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    Appraisal Video: (1:40)


    Appraised By:

    Kathleen Bailey
    Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
    Antique Dealer & Certified Appraiser

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This piece was given as a gift to my wife's family by a family named Siemen, and was given to my wife's either great-grandfather's sister or grandfather's sister. They moved here to Pittsburgh and they started a lumberyard business here on the north side, and that was the branch of the family that this piece was given to.

    APPRAISER: You have a vase that has turquoise, little diamonds, opals, and a little bit of garnet, and some emeralds.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: But they're not real.

    GUEST: Oh. (both laughing)

    APPRAISER: They are glass, which is typical glass on glass. This is referred to as a peachblow piece, accounting for the color, from going to the pink, down to the little lighter pink. It was also referred to by some as "peach bloom." It's circa 1880, so it's very early.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: It's made by Webb in England. The pattern is fascinating because it has fleur-de-lis. It really has a French flavor to it. So, it may have been some special piece made to be presented to the family. It's not a signed piece, it's a bulbous bottom, a ring neck, and then the straight...

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: For a flower vase. This piece in today's market, you would see it in a retail price range of $2,500 to $3,500.

    GUEST: Wow.

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