Japanese Cast Bronze Vase
It's an oriental vase, I think it's Japanese.
Okay, you got it right. And the timing? GUES: Boy, that I have no idea. I would guess 1900, but I don't know.
Maybe a little bit earlier. It doesn't have lots of inlays, which they developed later, 1900s. Maybe 1880s or so. Early Meiji period, 1868 to 1912. But what I like about this vase is it's not, like, just trumpet shaped. That's the traditional shape Japanese have been using since 16th, 17th century when they were doing flower arrangement. Can you imagine the price of this?
Well, no, because hopefully it's more than $500 because that's what I paid for it.
Oh, that's what you paid, yes?
Okay, well, I think you did very well. I think at the auction these days, if you present it well, you can get maybe $1,200 to $1,800, maybe more.
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