Our collectibles this month come from France, Denmark, China and the American West, and show a wonderful depth of artistry and skill. An animated bronze statue of a dog and a turtle, an intricately hand-embroidered family textile, a delicate fountain pen and a few charming ceramic pieces each evoke the era in which they were made and are each worth a second look. today.
Q. I inherited this little bronze statue of a dog and a turtle. It measures approximately 7 inches tall, 6 inches long, and 35 inches wide and is in great condition aside from some wear on the green felt at the base. I’m curious to know more and what it may be worth.
JR, Oregon City
A. Your bronze is “Dog and Turtle”, by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart (1824-1896). Jacquemart was a famous French sculptor who specialized in the realistic representation of animals. He worked in small, medium and large formats and was best known for massive bronzes such as the rhinoceros in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and two lions in the Jardins des Plantes, also in Paris. Based on your photographs, you might see a $2,000 to $3,000 auction for this sculpture. A store specializing in 19th and 20th century Continental art might give it a retail price of $5,500 to $6,500, if it is in good original condition.
folk art embroidery
Q. I found this textile piece at an antique/collectibles stand and thought it was so fascinating that I had to have it. (I believe the seller was from Montana, but I don’t know where that came from). I’ve never seen anything like it and I wonder if you could tell me anything. I wonder if this is a “style” of embroidery, or really just a unique piece? It measures approximately 23 x 23 inches, embroidered on off-white muslin fabric with a tiny bit of rust spots just under the house but otherwise in good condition. If you look closely, there are many dates embroidered on it ranging from December 1884 to June 1944, there are what looks like other letters or words that I can’t make out, and a few objects, like a fan , glasses and what appears to be a coffin with a baby. I think it’s a beautiful piece of art, and I’d like to know more about it.
MV, Southeast Portland
A. Writing in Contingent magazine, sewing expert Krista McCracken wrote, “In addition to evoking a personal connection to history, an embroidery piece can reveal information about social status, politics, identity, community and even the personal experiences of the artist who created it. .” Your embroidery appears to commemorate events in a family from 1884 to 1944. The building may be a school, possibly an American Indian boarding school. If done correctly in Montana, that state historically had 18 such schools, and with a lot of research, it might be possible to identify the building, which could lead to an opportunity to identify the maker. The blue yarn used is said to be typical of Native American or prairie settlers of the time, both of whom used indigo to dye the yarn a deep midnight blue. At an American folk art auction, you might see a sale for $150 to $250. Stores specializing in American folk art can charge between $800 and $1,200 for such a unique piece.
Q. It was my great-grandmother’s pen. It measures 4 3/8 inches long. It looks like it would still work. How old is he? Does it have a value? —JW, Gresham
A. Your pen is a No. 3 ladies fountain pen, manufactured by the Conklin Fountain Pen Company of Toledo, Ohio, and it dates from approximately 1915. It is made of hard rubber, with a gold-filled filigree coating . This is an example of a ringtop pen, which had a small ring at the top for the woman to thread a ribbon or chain through and wear around her neck. Fans of the Mad Men TV series from 2007 to 2015 will recognize it as Joan Holloway’s essential office accessory. At auction, your pen could sell for between $200 and $300. Dealers specializing in antique pens can charge between $750 and $1,000 for them if they are in excellent working condition.
Figurines Juice Denmark
Q. I have these items that I inherited from my grandmother from Denmark. They each measure about 7 inches tall and about 4 inches wide. Can you tell me if they are worth anything or if they are part of a collection? We have matching candle holders
A. Your figures are from the Child Welfare series, from the Aluminia Faience factory in Copenhagen, Denmark. Conceived by Herluf Jensenious (Jus) and Hans Henrik Hansen, the series ran from 1941 to 1965, with sales benefiting Danish children. Your figures are from 1947-1952. At auction, similar examples have sold for between $15 and $45 each. However, stores specializing in European porcelain charge between $150 and $350 each for similar figurines in good condition. The Ballerina and Boy bud vases are the rarest of your bunch.
Chinese famille rose plates
Q. I picked up these two 9 inch plates at an estate sale. They have no marks and are in good condition except for a bit of glaze that is missing.
ET southwest of Portland
A. Your plates are Chinese pink family (meaning “pink family”) Canton ware, made for export, dating from the Qing dynasty, probably mid-19th century. At auction, you might see a sale for $40 to $80 each, although the chip on one might drive that price down. Dealers specializing in Chinese porcelain can charge between $250 and $350 each for plates of this type, if they are in excellent condition and undamaged.
About Today’s Collectibles
The values discussed for the items featured in this column were researched by Portland reviewer Jerry l. Dobesh, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a specialty designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts. Its services include providing appraisals for inheritance tax, charitable contributions, planning and insurance loss and equitable distribution needs.
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