What is it Worth?

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.

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.


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.