What can you tell me about these Bone and Ivory Pieces?

Piece 1 Piece 2Question: 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.

What can you tell me about this Japanese vase?

Vase 1 Vase 1 bottomQuestion: I picked this up at a yard sale because I thought it was pretty. Anything you could tell me about it would be greatly appreciated. This vase is just over 12 inches tall. Thank you! Jenny

RD Langer answers: Interesting. Japanese, worth around $50-75.

What is this Drawing Worth?

Japanese drawing Japanese drawing - 2Question: I would like to know any info about this drawing and what it is worth please. Thank You, Debbie

RD Langer answers: Debbie, I cannot tell from photo. This has to be examined to determine:1) size, 2) paper, 3) medium used. If you can provide more information, I'm glad to assist.

When Was this Porcelain Vase made and what is it worth?

Vase Vase bottomQuestion: 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.


Black Vase - Is It Chinese or Japanese?

Black vase Black vaseQuestion: Hello I just came across your website as I was looking for information about a vase I have. Usually I am pretty good at finding information about objects on line. I can find no information about this vase online and I was wondering if you could help me. The vase stands about 5" and  the the lighter green decorations on the vase are indentations. It has two marks on the bottom. I am not sure if the marks are Chinese or Japanese. Thank you.

RD Langer Answwers: The vase appears to have a celadone underglaze which would make it Chinese.

Is this Vase Worth Anything?

White chinese vaseQuestion: is this Vase worth anything? Thank you.


RD Langer Answers: Senada, the mark appears to be of the Republic period.  (around 1940) I would estimate a value of around $150. However, I suggest you e-mail Dessa Goddard at Bonhams, and see if she has a different view. There isa mark on the outside of the bowl, with a Chinese poem, which may add some value. 

Great list of books on appraising your objects.


Chinese Pewter Tea Pot

Chinese pewterQuestion: Hi can you give me any info on my chinese pewter/metal tea pot???? It is decorative glass panels with figures. If a mark on the spout and the bottom of the vase. Do you know the marking might be??? The age and if its of any value. it’s 6.5 “ high.Thanks Sheila


RD Langer Answers: Sheila, I have seen these in Hong Kong along Hollywood Road. Value $125-150.

Mom's Vase

Moms vaseQuestion: Any information you can provide will be helpful. Thank You. Kerry


RD Langer Answers: The vase is Japanese-20th c. Value around $100.