Gabriel Argy-Rousseau French Compote
I bought this about 30 years ago. I paid 25 cents for it. And it was a rummage sale. I didn't know what it was, and a couple years later my sister was looking through an antique price book and she remembered the name. And at that time, I guess it was about 28 years ago, it was about $400, or $435...
So you had made a pretty good profit at that point, 28 years ago.
Okay, let me tell you a little bit about it. This is an early 20th century French pate de verre compote. Now, the impressed signature here is G. Argy-Rousseau. It stands for Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, a Frenchman born in 1885. Worked primarily in the early 20th century. Pate de verre was an ancient technique of taking a paste of ground-up glass in different colors, refining them and molding them to make this basic, lovely surface here. A delightful look, and it went through a revival in the late 19th century, early 20th century in France. Now, you paid 25 cents for this. I think a safe auction estimate at this stage would be $4,000 to $6,000.
Wow! Oh, my goodness, that's impressive.
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