1914 Sèvres Vase

Value (2018) | $1,500 Auction$2,500 Auction
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GUEST:
It was given to my great-grandfather in Shanghai, I believe, in the 1920s...

APPRAISER:
Uh-huh.

GUEST:
From the French Embassy or French Consulate.

APPRAISER:
Okay, so how did the vase get from there to here?

GUEST:
Well, that was my great-grandfather, passed on to my grandmother, who was in Hong Kong and immigrated here, I believe in the 1970s.

APPRAISER:
Okay.

GUEST:
And that passed on to me.

APPRAISER:
Okay. Well, it's a Sèvres vase, it has Sèvres marks.

GUEST:
Oh.

APPRAISER:
It has an underglaze green mark that says, "1912," which, that would have been the year that the vase was actually made, the blank vase.

GUEST:
Oh, I see.

APPRAISER:
Then it sat around for a year or two, and then it was decorated in 1914, the red mark. Now, frequently these marks can be faked.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
But what we do past that is, we look at the piece itself, to look at the quality and the decoration.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
And this is the highest-quality hand-enameled decoration in very much the Art Nouveau style, which was very popular at that point.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
But this was very modern. Art Nouveau had been around ten or 20 years...

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
And in China, it would have been a very marvelous Western sort of thing. And these wonderful sinewy flowers and tendrils winding down the vase. Sèvres earlier had done a completely different styles, but around the turn of the century, they really switched directions, and instead of being the old fuddy-duddy company, they were creating these new wonderful styles. Because of the great quality and the wonderful style of this vase, it would probably now be worth somewhere in the $2,500 to $3,500 range.

GUEST:
Oh, my.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
David Lackey Antiques & Art
Houston, TX
Update (2018)
$1,500 Auction$2,500 Auction
Appraised value (2003)
$2,500 Retail$3,500 Retail
Event
San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2003)
Form
Vase

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