Spending two days with four wonderful appraisers who taught me so much and being able to work with Eric and Sally again made this weekend almost perfect. I was surprised at the number of people who asked if the appraising was going to take place at the next event. I feel sure that Eric and Sally will be making that decision shortly.
I was able to get reacquainted with several members of the Daryle Lambert’s Antiques and Collectibles Club plus perhaps a dozen dealers that I have worked with before. Tom, a new member, came late yesterday and he was able to get a great education on Bakelite jewelry from the couple that set up next to where we were appraising. It is also always great when I see Mike and Doris who are regulars at the Chicago Antique Market. Over the years, they have taught me a lot about western items and American art pottery.
These events are such great places to obtain the knowledge required to be successful in antiques and collectibles that I encourage my readers to attend as many of them as they can. I saw Brian again yesterday and I hope that in the future he will share with me some of the important information on lightning rods and balls.
What really got me going was the variety of items that I got to appraise. I will list just a few of them. First was the Tiffany gold iridescent vase with a footed bottom and pulled top plus a button pontil. It was an exceptional piece that I appraised at $800 to $1200. Next came a Grueby vase with yellow buds. The glaze was a deep green with a leathery texture and signed on the bottom Grueby Pottery. I couldn't see a signature and it was rather small so I gave it a value of about $700.
Paintings seemed to be in short supply but I did see a small painting with vivid colors by an eastern artist that should fetch $1000 or so. After these items, the values dropped significantly. I had to be honest with the people bringing items for appraisal but I could see the disappointment in their eyes. However, it is always best to know the truth and then you can put your mind at rest.
I am very hopeful that I will be able to work with Caroline, Mark, Brett and Brian again at an event at the Chicago Antique Market sponsored by the Antique Trader. I feel certain the next show will even be greater as the word spreads.
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