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    Chinese Enamel Decorated Porcelain Vase, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 - $4,000 (2014)

    Appraised on: August 17, 2013

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: Lark Mason

    Category: Asian Arts

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1818)

    Originally Aired: May 26, 2014

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Enamel, Porcelain
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 - $4,000 (2014)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:18)


    Appraised By:

    Lark Mason
    Asian Arts
    Lark Mason & Associates

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I inherited this from my mother's family. I know it was in their family at least in the '50s because I have a picture of my mother as a young child around this. Other than that I don't really know where it came from.

    APPRAISER: The colors, the scene, the ceramic body indicate that it's Chinese. The decoration, as you could see, it's bright and cheery. It's all emblems that have resonance concerning long life, which are the storks. The peaches are prosperity. The yellow colors and the pine is kind of resilience. In spite of the turbulence of life, which is represented by the waves underneath. You've got a rock and a pine tree that stand firm against everything. And we flip it over and look at the underside, and we see that it has a mark, which says it dates to the Qianlong period, 1736 to 1795.

    GUEST: Oh, my.

    APPRAISER: But that's a spurious mark. It's an honorific mark, so it actually dates to a little bit later, more like about 1900. To the Guangxu period.

    GUEST: So is this something that would be made for export?

    APPRAISER: No, this is made for domestic consumption. It's a terrific vase. It's worth about $2,500 to $4,000 at an auction sale.

    GUEST: Wonderful.

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