Auguste Jean Glass Vases, ca. 1870
My husband's great-grandfather owned a jewelry store, and when he married, he took his wife on a wedding buying trip to New York City, and at one of the places, she saw these vases and admired them, but he said they couldn't afford them and he didn't buy them for her. And when they received the shipment, these vases were included with a congratulatory letter on their wedding. So they've been in the family ever since.
Yeah. So when was this wedding trip to New York?
It was 1866.
Okay. These were made by Auguste Jean, who was a Parisian glassblower. He was born in Paris about 1830. He won a bronze medal at the Universal Exposition in 1878 for his glass blowing and became very, very popular in the 1880s and 1890s for his work. And these two vases with the Japonesque decoration to them and the trails, very typical of his works that he'd do. Exceedingly rare pieces. I'm so excited you brought these in today because this is the first time I've seen these in my hands. Love them. Any idea of what the value is today?
I have no idea. I have loved them ever since they came to live in my house.
Yes. The value today at retail is between $3,000 and $5,000.
Wow, for the pair?
For the pair.
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