Grueby Pottery Vase, ca. 1905

Value (2011) | $10,000 Auction$15,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I bought it at an estate sale probably 15, 20 years ago. Paid probably less than $50 for it. I just thought it was ugly.

APPRAISER:
You told me you like big green pots.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
Which this is.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
Grueby collectors like big organic pieces, and this one is extremely organic. Grueby's known for its green, thick, unctuous glazes.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
In this case, there are a few places where the glaze is a little thin, which doesn't seem to bother Grueby collectors. These leaves are actually hand-built. Somebody took the time to make the individual leaves and curl them up near the rim. And that with the fact that it's meaty and heavy and big is a real plus. Most Grueby pieces were probably made about 1905. We could look at the marks.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
The obvious mark is the Grueby Pottery mark here. Grueby Pottery, Boston.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
A major maker of Arts and Crafts green pieces. He has the artist's, Wilhelmina Post's, mark right here, the WP together.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
So we actually know that Wilhelmina did these leaves on the piece. So you think that you paid less than $50 for it?

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Have you thought about what it might be worth today?

GUEST:
About maybe $2,000 to $3,000.

APPRAISER:
We figure, at auction, probably somewhere in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

GUEST:
Okay, that's... So that's not bad for a $50 investment.

APPRAISER:
No, no, that's... that's kind of stunning.

GUEST:
It's not as ugly anymore. (laughs)

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Humler & Nolan
Cincinnati, OH
Appraised value (2011)
$10,000 Auction$15,000 Auction
Event
Minneapolis, MN (July 09, 2011)
Form
Vase
Material
Pottery

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