SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • ON TOUR
  • WATCH ONLINE
  • WEB EXCLUSIVES
  • RESOURCES
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Leveille-Rousseau Perfume Bottle, ca, 1890

    Appraised Value:

    $6,000 - $8,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 17, 2013

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: Kathleen Bailey

    Category: Glass

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1817)

    Originally Aired: May 19, 2014

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 5 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Bottle
    Material: Silver, Glass
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $6,000 - $8,000 (2013)

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

    Comment

    Appraisal Video: (2:25)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

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

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's really funny because I took it at the last minute because I didn't really know what it was. I thought it was a perfume bottle. I collect perfume bottles. But I thought it was a cruet when I bought it because of the stopper, but I put it on my perfume tray.

    APPRAISER: And where did you get it?

    GUEST: I got it at a flea market, and I'm not sure. Somewhere in Virginia. Because I go to so many flea markets and I just happened to find it. And it was very inexpensive. I didn't even really know it was silver at the time.

    APPRAISER: What did you pay for it?

    GUEST: I don't think any more than $20, $25. It was really a good deal.

    APPRAISER: And you know when that was?

    GUEST: Maybe ten years ago, I'm not sure.

    APPRAISER: Okay, well, what we have here, it is a perfume bottle. And it's French, Art Nouveau. And it's Leveille-Rousseau, is the manufacturer of it. About 1883 to circa 1900.

    GUEST: Wonderful.

    APPRAISER: So then, if you notice, you have multicolors in here.

    GUEST: Yes, I love the art glass.

    APPRAISER: And you've got kind of a burnished red. And then silver mounts. This makes it extremely rare with silver mounts. The glass itself, it's not signed, but the silver is French. And you have a wonderful flame finial. And the base is basically floral and leaf pattern with an X border on the foot. Now, the interesting thing is that we see damaged glass and we're always concerned when glass is damaged because it definitely affects the value. So if you look in here and you see all this crazing... Do you see that? Well, the great news is, this glass was made to look like that.

    GUEST: That's what I was thinking.

    APPRAISER: This is not damaged, this is perfect. And the wonderful part is, it's a perfume bottle. And there's perfume collectors all over the world. Have you ever taken this anywhere to have it appraised?

    GUEST: No, I've just put it on my shelf with all my little bottles.

    APPRAISER: Well, it's a wonderful bottle. The value would be, for auction, $6,000 to $8,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my word. Wow, I guess it'll have to go to a place of honor on my... (laughs)




    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube