1912 Sèvres Exhibition Vase & Case

Value (2014) | $2,000 Retail$3,000 Retail
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GUEST:
It was my father's vase that he got somewhere when he was traveling in Europe, I would guess in the late '40s, early '50s. And he never said much about it, but I know it was very special to him because he knocked a hole in the wall and built a lighted niche where he set this.

APPRAISER:
Well, it's a truly magnificent vase. It says on the packaging, here on the inside, it says, "Manufacture National de Sèvres," which means it's a Sèvres porcelain. Unfortunately, Sèvres marks are all guilty until proven innocent.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
Meaning 99% of everything that has a Sèvres mark was not made by the Sèvres factory. But this is indeed an authentic piece of Sèvres.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
It's beautifully enameled in different colors, so this is all done by hand, with gilding and multicolor enamels. This would have been a very expensive luxury item at the time.

GUEST:
That's interesting.

APPRAISER:
Let's look at the mark on the bottom here. The top mark in unglazed green, there's an "S" for Sèvres, and the year, which is 1912.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
It means the plain white vase was made in 1912. Below that is a mark in red which includes "Dècorè ‡ Sèvres," which means it was decorated at Sèvres, and also the year 1912. Below that are the initials of the decorator, "H.L.", and the "L" is for Lasserre. Now, on top of having this original case, which is very unusual to have that still intact, we have this brass plaque on the front which is engraved with all kinds of wonderful information. The vase by itself is valuable.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
We can definitely add value for having the original case, and we can add additional value for having this plaque. Our guess is that a retail price on the entire package would be between $2,000 and $3,000.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
If this piece were still made today, it would be exceptionally expensive to make.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And it would be impossible for the Sèvres factory or anyone else to manufacture this vase in a case of this quality and to retail it for $2,000 or $3,000. So, in my opinion, it's greatly undervalued.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
I think it was actually probably worth more ten or 20 years ago.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
David Lackey Antiques & Art
Houston, TX
Value Update (2014)
$2,000 Retail$3,000 Retail
Appraised value (2011)
$2,000 Retail$3,000 Retail
Event
El Paso, TX (June 18, 2011)
Period
20th Century
Form
Case, Vase
Material
Porcelain

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