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    Face Jug, ca. 1870

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $7,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 1, 2013

    Appraised in: Detroit, Michigan

    Appraised by: Allan Katz

    Category: Folk Art

    Episode Info: Detroit (#1805)

    Originally Aired: February 3, 2014

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    Form: Jug
    Material: Pottery, Porcelain
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $5,000 - $7,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:39)


    Appraised By:

    Allan Katz
    Folk Art, Furniture

    Allan Katz Americana

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I was doing some work for this individual, and I had noticed several of them up on a shelf, and I commented that I really liked them. I ended up receiving one as a gift.

    APPRAISER: Really?

    GUEST: Yeah. Well, all I know about it is it's referred to as a face jug.

    APPRAISER: They are called face jugs. They're also called grotesque jugs. There's always a question on where one of these pieces are from, which state they're from: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia. This piece is not signed. It has a wonderful glaze to it, almost a metallic, reflective glaze to it. The teeth, do you know what they're made of?

    GUEST: No, I have no idea.

    APPRAISER: They're porcelain.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And they would have been made out of a plate that was broken up, and then they used those as teeth.

    GUEST: Oh, that's interesting.

    APPRAISER: The porcelain had a higher firing temperature, so therefore they would not melt. So the artist wanted the teeth to be very jagged and very broken-looking. I'm going to say this is probably Georgia, but it is 19th century based on the glaze. Probably in the 1870 range. We're going to put a retail value on this piece in the $5,000 to $7,000 range.

    GUEST: Wow. Are you kidding me?

    APPRAISER: I'm not.

    GUEST: I'm in shock.

    APPRAISER: Well, that's good, we like shock every now and then.

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