What’s it worth? Appraisal of Gien vase

Rachel asks:

Hi Walt,
 
We really enjoyed your last appraisal and my friend was delighted to know the value.
 
She also has an earthenware vase which is French, by GIEN. I found the Gien site online and the best I can tell, it is from 1860-1871 according to the product marking. She would like to know the value so I have attached four photos.
 
 
Thank you so much,
Rachel

 

gien faience vaseGien vase 1850-71gien vase mark

AW says: Hello Rachel, you are spot on about the date, this vase is circa 1860-1871. It’s one of the Faience pieces of pottery from the Gien Factory of France. Gien pottery is very well known for having some of the best potter’s in France.

The highest valued pieces of Gien pottery tend to be those with family crests or ones with a dark rich blue background.

Unfortunately, the damage to the bottom of the vase will affect the value. The good news is that this is a very good quality vase and the chips are in an inconspicuous place. My price ranges take condition into consideration.

Retail value: $275

Wholesale value $150

Quick sale value $75

Keywords: Gien, Faience pottery, French pottery, vase,

What’s it Worth? Appraisal of antique lamp

 

Pat asks:

This lamp has been in our family for over 50 years. It is in excellent condition, except the base and metal on top need polishing. The base is silver, could even be sterling. As pictured, it is 28” tall.

Thanks,
Pat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


AW says: That’s very nice table lamp. The lines are graceful and elegant, and the base could be sterling, it looks as if it may be. Most would not be, and there’s no way to tell for sure unless you test it or it’s marked. Add 20-25% to my prices if you find out it is sterling.

 

It’s of very good quality and it’s hand painted, but single lamps can be difficult to sell.

 


Date range:
1920s-30s

 
Retail value:
$85
(top price)

Wholesale value: $45-$50
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $35
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Table lamp, hand painted, vintage, sterling base, silverplate base,

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

On occasion I’ve had readers ask for the contact information for the owners of items I’ve appraised here.
If you are interested in an item which was appraised here, state so in the comment section and leave your email address if you wish to be contacted by the owner of the item. I do not give out client emails.

If you’ve had your item appraised here, you may want to check back to see if anyone has expressed interest in it via the comment section.

Care and storage tips: When selling a lamp like this, I find that unless you have the original shade, it’s better to sell it without the shade and to let the buyer make the decision themselves.

Appraisal for 3 signed Kachina Dolls

 

alfred white kachina dolls

Lee asks:

I am interested in getting an appraisal on this set of Kachina dolls. They were purchased by my parents in the 1980s.

1. Buffalo – 13 inches tall. Signed “Albert Tso White Buffalo.” There is some damage to the horns as you can see in the detail picture.

2. Eagle – 11 1/2 inches tall. Signed, “Lavern Sloan Eagle.” The base is beginning to detach from the right-hand foot of the carving.

3. Angry – 13 inches tall – signed, “Albert Tso Angry.”

In addition, the feathers of all the dolls are dusty.

But any help you can provide would be great. I am interested in selling these – probably via ebay.

Best, Leigh

AW says: I think your Kachina dolls are nicely done and I would agree that they originated from the approximate era that you’ve indicated. I’m judging this by the bases they’re attached to which are obviously not very old. There was a resurgence of interest in all things Native American in the mid 1970s to late 80s and many of these Kachinas and other Native American crafts were produced on Hopi and Zuni reservations.

I believe these are Hopi. At this point the artists you’ve listed haven’t been in the marketplace long enough to be time tested and at the moment, their names lend significant appraisal value to the dolls. That could change obviously in the future if either of the artist have listed works that do well in shows, auctions or galleries.

Date range: 1975-1980


Retail value:
From right to left: $150, $125,$185

Wholesale value: $65,$55,$95
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value:$45,$35,$55
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common trade terminology: Kachina Dolls, Native American Kachina Dolls, Spirit Invocations, Hopi, Zuni, South Western Native American Tribes

Nicknames or slang terms: Indian Dolls, Spirit dolls, Kachinas

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

Care and storage tips: These are fragile and easy to break, because they are so animated, I’d keep them away from small children and pets.

See a full slide show price report on American Indian collectibles.