19th-Century Chinese Cloisonné Vessel
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (0:30)
Bonhams & Butterfields, SF
GUEST: My mother used to tell me that it was a crematory urn, but I think it was so that I wouldn't play with it as a child.
APPRAISER: This is a 19th century Chinese cloisonné enamel vessel that imitates an original shape that was a burial piece in the 12th, 11th and 10th century B.C. You'd bury it with the deceased, but it would contain food to nurture him in the afterlife. They're quite popular. It's worth about $3,000 to $5,000 at auction.
GUEST: Oh, wonderful.
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