Royal Flemish Ewer, ca. 1895

Value (2008) | $5,000 Auction$7,000 Auction

GUEST:
It is a pitcher that my great-grandfather purchased at an estate sale. We think it came from Persia around 1913.

APPRAISER:
Okay, and how long ago did he purchase it?

GUEST:
Probably in the '40s sometime.

APPRAISER:
'40s? Do you know what he paid for it at that time?

GUEST:
No, but he was pretty thrifty, so probably not very much.

APPRAISER:
Okay.

GUEST:
And the family lore was that it belonged to a sheik?

APPRAISER:
Yes, that it was a sheik's water pitcher

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
is what they had told us. Okay, and, uh, it sort of has that look, doesn't it?

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
Well, this was actually made in Massachusetts.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
The ware is called Royal Flemish, and it was made by the Mt. Washington Glass Works, who in the mid-1890s became part of Pairpoint. This is made in the 1890s and the imagery that they're trying to emulate is a stained glass window. When you think this is well over a hundred years old, the decoration on it is extraordinary. There's a little gilt loss and there's some very minor losses to the enameled areas. There are some very, very elaborate forms of this Royal Flemish ware, but this is a very simple and very, very pretty form and decoration. I think a fair auction estimate for this would be $5,000 to $7,000.

GUEST:
Oh, wow. Okay.

APPRAISER:
So it's probably more than what he paid for it in the '40s.

GUEST:
Yes, yes.

APPRAISER:
Especially if he was thrifty.

GUEST:
Yes, yeah.

APPRAISER:
Okay, very good.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
Thanks for bringing it in.

GUEST:
Thank you so much.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
EnservioSelect
Easthampton, MA
Appraised value (2008)
$5,000 Auction$7,000 Auction
Event
Dallas, TX (June 28, 2008)
Period
19th Century
Form
Ewer
Material
Gilded, Glass

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