Objects d'art

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.

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.


What are these Objects of Art Worth?

Foo dog vase Foo dog vaseQuestion: I recently purchased these pieces at an antique store in Chinatown in San Francisco. I don't know if you can do both, so which ever you feel like appraising is fine. I will be very grateful.  The vases are 6 inches in height, and the foo dogs are 13.5 inches high.Thank you very much!


RD Langer replies: Ms. Lee, from the photos, both items look modern to me. They realy need to be examined, but they are possibly worth $100. each lot.

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.


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.

Soapstone Carving - What is it Worth?

Soapstone carving



Question: Can you please tell me what this is worth? Thank you.


RD Langer Answers: Brady, sorry to advise  that it appears to have limited value, However I would have to examine it more closelyto provide a more bona fide opinion.

Red Soapstone Vase - What is it worth?

Red soaptone carvingQuestion: Can you tell me how much this is worth?  It was purchased in the 1940s in WWII.

RD Langer Answers: Betsy, it is a beautiful looking, vase.It should bring between $150.-$225, at auction.

Framed Flowers - What are They Worth?

Hanging objectsQuestion: Dear Sir, I,d be interested to know the name of this Chinese type of art  . Frames look hardwood and leaves and flowers are opaque and look made from pieces of agate or possibly jade etc but could be plastic although the texture is uneven when held up to the light . The big one (diameter 12 inches) is marked CHINA on the back . I would like to sell these . Kind Regards Andrew

RD Langer Answers; They are very decorative. Without examining I would guess jade, carnelian. They may bring around $200 at auction.RDL

Aunt's Glass Vase...?

Glass vaseQuestion: Hello, My Aunt gave this vase to my daughter and said it was very old and valuable. Any information would be greatly apprieciated. Thanks.

RD Langer Answers: Contact Jenack Auctioneers in Chester N.Y.; they will no more about this piece than I will. Very difficult to give an opinion unless I examine this piece.Good luck.RDL