Arts & Crafts Art Pottery
You found these at different places, different times. This one was at a yard sale?
No, this one was at a yard sale. That was a dollar. This was at an auction for $30.
And this one?
Auction for $37.
Let me tell you what you have here. Early piece of high-glaze Newcomb-- real early. Surface-decorated, multi-colored, the best kind of high-glaze Newcomb you can find. Except for this one. This one didn't fire perfectly. They only made these for about a year, a year and a half. They're sang de boeuf for "blood of ox." They're red. It was an experimental line. You have to look in a museum in New Orleans to see some more of these. And then this is a piece of Marblehead. These are from New Orleans, this is from New England from Marblehead, Massachusetts. But a really exceptional multi-colored, decorated piece. In terms of value, even with the cracks, this is worth about $15,000.
Oh, my! (laughs)
This one didn't fire properly-- I have goose bumps on my cheek-- this one didn't fire properly, still worth about $15,000.
Oh, I thought the shape was unusual.
Well, it's a three-handled loving cup. It's a wedding... it's a tyge, it's called, a three-handled tyge. And this guy here, in perfect condition, as of recently worth more than ever before: between $15,000 and $20,000.
Oh, you... that made my year!
And I'm not kidding. There's about $45,000 to $50,000 in pots right here.
I can't believe that.
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Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."
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