Royal Flemish Bowl, ca. 1892
My grandmother purchased the bowl from an estate sale probably back in the '50s. And we think maybe she paid $75 at the most, but it wouldn't be over that. And I think it's Royal Bayreuth. But that is really about all I know. It's been in the family. And we think it's a pretty piece and have enjoyed it.
So did you research Royal Bayreuth?
Not very much. I just looked at the mark and looked it up on the Internet, and that's why I think that's what it might be.
Okay. So let's take a look at the mark. If I turn this upside down, right here on the back... is the mark, and it's a reverse "R," which would stand for the "Royal," but the tail end of the mark is "F," which would not be the "B" for "Bayreuth." It's actually Royal Flemish.
That's good news.
Royal Bayreuth is extremely collectible but more in a ceramics type of ware from Bavaria. This is an American-made piece, late 19th century. Royal Flemish was made by the Mount Washington Glass Company. This style of work is made to look like a stained-glass window. You have chrysanthemums. You have a garden appearance with this latticework along here. There's also leaves. It's hand-painted with a fired-on enamel. Now, in my 35 years researching Royal Flemish, I haven't found a bowl like this ever. We find cracker jars, we find vases, we find lidded ewers, we find all shapes, but this is a very, very unusual shape. Normally, value is going to be based on the quality of the artwork, which-- this is good. It's not the best artwork, but it's good. I think the value in this piece is also based on the shape of the piece. I would put a value on this of $5,000 to $7,000 for insurance.
Oh, my goodness. (laughs) I had no idea it'd be that expensive. Oh, my goodness.
And if it were put in an auction, it could go higher. Well, thank you very much. That's really exciting. I'm so glad to know about it, too. Well, thank you for bringing it.
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