Continental Majolica Plates, ca. 1900

Value (2012) | $200 Retail$300 Retail

I went to a show and I saw those plates and I said, "They are unusual," and I had to have them.

You paid how much for these?

Around 50 bucks.

Well, they're lovely pieces. Majolica is a generic term relating to chin-glazed ceramic. But they're still making majolica-glaze pieces, and these are majolica from either late 19th or early 20th century. There's a mark on the back. I think they're probably French, and one of my associates thinks they're German. We couldn't find the mark. Either way, these are Continental majolica pieces, more Art Nouveau in style than they are Victorian. I love them, I think they're really quite beautiful. I think they're worth, retail, between $100 and $150 apiece, so maybe $200 to $300 for the two of them.

Well, fine. I'm very pleased.

Yes, I thought so. Great way to celebrate your 100th birthday. So thank you, it's a pleasure to have you here, Ginny.

It's part of the celebration, yes.

Appraisal Details

Rago Arts & Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ
Appraised value (2012)
$200 Retail$300 Retail
Pittsburgh, PA (August 13, 2011)
September 24, 2012: A resourceful viewer named Andrea contacted us after this appraisal segment aired, saying she had found what looks to be the answer to the question "Who made these plates?"

Andrea wrote: "It is the mark of the Moravian Gebrüder Schütz, and evidently was used from 1854-1900, according to this site:" We checked back with appraiser David Rago, who agreed. "It sounds right on the money to me. ... They are certainly late-19th century (though I'm surprised the company closed in 1900. I’d have really guessed 1900-1910.)"

Rago added that this information does not change the plates' estimated value of $200 to $300 for the pair.

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