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Question: Hello, can you describe anything about the date and
worth of the first piece, which is bone with (I believe), a copper base
and carved on both sides. For the second, a Chinese family name seal,
could you tell me a possible date, worth, and translation of the Chinese
characters? Neither have signatures. Thank you! Kyera
RD Langer answers: Kyera, the first piece, whether it is bone or ivory, must be examined for an accurate appraisal. The stones on the lower portion of the piece may be authentic or fake turquoise, or coral. I cannot give an evaluation unless I examine it.
The second piece is modern day chinese soapstone, made to look old. It is worth about $50.
Question: Hi, I would love any info you can give me on my vase. When it was made,
what's it worth, etc. I have tried looking it up on ebay and all over the
internet and I can't find anything. All I know is that it has the name
Walter Tozzini on the bottom which is how I tried searching for it. I
would appreciate anything you can tell me about it. Thank you, April
RD Langer answers: April, this is 20th c porcelain. Probably tourist stuff. Worth $75-100.
Today's New York Times features a story on Nazi looted art, focusing on the refusal of several prominent American museums to fully
cooperate with the growing number of claimant-heirs who are seeking restitution for
Jewish-owned art stolen by the Nazis during the Third Reich.
R.D. Langer addressed this controversy over three months ago in his Looted Art online video. Stay tuned to our Antiquesmart Blog for the latest developments on this topic.
This Gustav Kilmt painting, entitled "Adele Bloch-Bauer I", was confiscated by the Nazis in 1938. In 2006, following a long legal battle with the Austrian government, the painting was finally returned to Maria Altman of Los Angeles, the original owner's niece. Other families have not been so fortunate.
Next time you are at a garage sale, keep your eye out for ancient Chinese objects of art. You never know....
This from the New York Post: A New York family scored a huge payday when this small bowl, which
they bought at a garage sale for $3, turned out to be a 1,000-year old
Chinese piece that sold for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s. The
family bought the rare bowl at the secondhand sale in 2007, and kept it
sitting on their mantle for years, the auction house said.
becoming curious, the bargain hunters began consulting experts about the
bowl. They finally brought the piece to Sotheby’s, which estimated it
would sell for somewhere in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. But
yesterday, London art dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi blew away those figures
when he plunked down $2.2 million for the museum-quality piece.
The small Chinese pottery bowl that started as a $3 tag sale only to turn into a massive $2.2 million windfall at auction.He beat four other bidders for the Northern Song dynasty bowl — known
as a Ding bowl — which dates back to the 10th or 11th century.There is only one other bowl like it in the world, and it is in the British Museum.A little less than 5 1/2 inches in diameter, the multimillion-dollar bowl could be mistaken for a decorative ashtray.Early-era Ding wares are known for their small utilitarian qualities, Sotheby’s said.Author
Rose Kerr believes the ornamental Ding bowls were made to mimic the
more elaborate gold and silver wares that were common in palaces.
ancient piece is described as a Ding bowl because of the county Ding in
the Hebei province where the kilns used to make the bowls were housed. The
Ding bowl owned by the British Museum in London has been on display for
more than 60 years, since it was bequeathed by famous collector Henry
This isn’t the first big buy for Eskenazi. In 2005,
the Turkish-born dealer paid $23.5 million for a rare blue-and-white
jar from the 14th century at a Christie’s auction. Sotheby’s would not identify the lucky bowl sellers, only to say that they were a family from somewhere in New York state.
Earlier this month, a collection of abstract Impressionist art found in a Long Island garage was appraised at $30 million.
owners of the bungalow found thousands of paintings and drawings by the
Armenian-American artist Arthur Pinajian in 2007. They were later
appraised by art historian Peter Hastings Falk and shown at the
Antiquorum Gallery in Midtown.