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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.