Iridescent Tiffany Vases, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $13,500 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:56)
Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Antique Dealer & Certified Appraiser
GUEST: My mother-in-law, she's a Tiffany collector. And she allowed me to pick some pieces out of her collection as a gift. So these were two of the pieces that I picked, but she has a very wide variety of Tiffany pieces in her collection.
APPRAISER: So these are two of the three or four that you picked?
APPRAISER: You have Tiffany, which you do know. Well, this particular piece is more of a commercial made piece. They made more of them, but all Tiffany is extremely wonderful and valuable. This is an iridescent favrile piece with the vine and leaf pattern. And on the bottom we have an M suffix number, which tells us that this was made in 1915. Then we have here a calyx style-- and that's the shape of the piece-- and it's also Tiffany. The suffix number on the bottom is an A, and that is for 1903. This particular piece is more of an art piece. They made not many of them. I mean they're out there, but not many of them. So it's more in the art, Tiffany art piece, this one is more in the commercial line. Now, what did she tell you about value?
GUEST: She found it in a garage sale. She didn't tell me how much she paid for it, but she said that the owners didn't know what they had. So when she saw it, she quickly scooped it up.
APPRAISER: And she gave you some little idea of what she normally pays?
GUEST: I think she said around $200.
APPRAISER: $200, well, this particular piece would be $6,000.
GUEST: (chuckling): Wow.
APPRAISER: Nice gift.
APPRAISER: The calyx piece would be $7,500. And those are retail values.
GUEST: Whoa. Oh, my goodness.
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