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    19th-Century Chinese Porcelain Fish Bowl

    Appraised Value:

    $6,000 - $8,000 (2014)

    Appraised on: August 17, 2013

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: James Callahan

    Category: Asian Arts

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1816)

    Originally Aired: May 12, 2014

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    Form: Bowl
    Material: Porcelain, Enamel
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $6,000 - $8,000 (2014)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:05)


    Appraised By:

    James Callahan
    Asian Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My husband and I lived in Springfield, Illinois, and we went to a local auction gallery. We saw this. I liked it a lot. My husband thought it was big and we probably didn't need it. But it was the very last item in the auction.

    APPRAISER: What did you pay for it?

    GUEST: $35.

    APPRAISER: And when was this?

    GUEST: About nine or ten years ago.

    APPRAISER: Nine or ten years ago. It's probably mid to late 19th century.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: It's quintessentially something that's of Chinese taste. It's very, very pretty. It's decorative-- the dragons, the peony flowers. And a fantastic interior to the bowl as well. And it was a fish bowl.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness.

    APPRAISER: And this is the kind of thing the Chinese are looking to get back. Nowadays, a piece like this would probably sell in the neighborhood between $6,000 to $8,000.

    GUEST: (gasps) Oh, my... When it was $35 and there was no other bid, he said, "Okay, bid." And so...

    APPRAISER: You wouldn't have gotten it for $35 if I was there.

    GUEST: (chuckling)

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