This Souvenir de France banner from 1918 has a story to tell. What is it worth?
Our two most interesting and valuable articles this month have French origins over 100 years ago. Both can tell us a lot about the dominant culture in France – and much of the European-dominated world – at this time. They are also exceptional works of art. Also appraised is a lovely pottery vase from ancient Bohemia, a mid-century chair of undetermined origin and a novelty radio made in Los Angeles.
Rosa Bonheur lithograph
Q. This is a lithograph by Rosa Bonheur bought in Europe. This is the only piece of art that I couldn’t find while researching his life and work. I believe it is done in a stippling technique. It is approximately 2 feet, 10 inches wide by 2 feet high. It remains in excellent condition, and I would greatly appreciate any further information about it.
JB, Southwest Portland
A. Your artwork is a mixed-method print we attribute to Joseph Bishop Pratt (British, 1854-1910), based on the original 1892 oil painting “Lion and Lionesses” by Rosa Bonheur (French , 1822-1899). Pratt was an engraver known for his prints of animal subjects after many artists of the time. His prints from this period often used a combination of etching, linework, and mezzotint. Research tells us that he worked with Rosa Bonheur to produce a number of prints from his paintings and that he was his main printer from 1883 to 1898.
In her description of Rosa Bonheur, the National Gallery in London wrote: “Bonheur lived unconventionally – she wore her hair short, smoked and lived with her partner, Nathalie Micas. To paint “The Horse Fair”, she even obtained permission from the local police to wear pants so that she could work undisturbed in the male environment of the horse market. “As for the males,” she said, “I only like the bulls that I paint. Although she lived and, as some critics have claimed, painted like a man, she became the first female artist to receive the Legion of Honor in 1865 and, 30 years later, was the first woman to become an officer of the Legion of Honor. . “Your print is framed, and no information in the margins or on the reverse is available. However, it is likely that there were originally pencil signatures of Rosa Bonheur and Joseph Pratt in the margins or on the back. back. At auction, you might see a sale of $ 300 to $ 400. A dealer specializing in such prints may charge between $ 1,500 and $ 2,500 for such a print, if it is complete with all margins and in excellent condition and in a similar framework.
1918 Souvenir de France Banner
Q. What can you tell me about this hand embroidered banner from WWI era? It is 14 inches deep and 50 inches wide. It was a gift from my mother, but I don’t know where she got it.
A. Your banner was probably brought home by a veteran at the end of the First World War. The intricately embroidered keepsakes made by French women were very popular with American soldiers, both as keepsakes of events and as gifts to the family back home. Handkerchiefs, pillow cases and even postcards are the most common items. Yours is the largest in dimension we have seen, and from your photographs it is an exceptional example. At auctions, the more attractive small pieces such as pillow cases often fetch between $ 100 and $ 200. Considering its large dimensions, it could cost anywhere from $ 600 to $ 900. A dealer specializing in military memorabilia from the First World War, or period decorations, might charge $ 1,200 to $ 1,800 for such a piece.
Q. Curious if you can help us with the story of this unique vase. I don’t know exactly how long it’s been in our family, but maybe over 100 years. It was on display in the family business, Zeller Chapel of the Roses, a funeral home in Portland, Oregon.
A.Your Art Nouveau vase is from the Amphora Porcelain Works in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia (now Tronvany, Czech Republic). Amphora was in business from 1892 to 1945 and was known for the high quality of its artistic pottery, especially Art Nouveau style works. Your vase dates from around 1894-1904. It is enameled and detailed by hand, with an applied decoration of hop flowers. At auction, you might see a sale of $ 250 to $ 350. A dealer specializing in period porcelain might charge $ 500 to $ 700, if it is in excellent condition without damage or loss.
Q. I am very curious about this vintage rocking chair given to me by my grandmother in the 1980s. I have tried to find a similar chair for comparison, but no luck. There are no distinctive signs, no manufacturer’s name or date. The chair measures: 29 inches high, 35 inches long and 28 inches wide.
MC, Oswego Lake
A. Your rocking chair probably dates from 1950-1955. We couldn’t identify the maker, but its retro Mid-Century style is very popular among vintage collectors today. At auction, you might see a sale of $ 200 to $ 300. A vintage furniture dealer can charge anywhere from $ 450 to $ 650 if it is in excellent condition and usable.
Q. This electric radio belonged to my grandfather and I hope you can tell me the origin and the value. The saddle is removable. The measurements are 12 inches long, 13½ inches high.
LB, Battlefield, WA
A. Your radio is a model Z477 from Abbotwares of Los Angeles, from their Trophy Ware line, and dates from around 1947. Abbotwares specializes in novelty tube radios, and their horse radios are highly collectable. . Your radio is made of base metal with a copper finish and originally came with a red cloth saddle cover under the removable saddle. Copies in excellent condition recently sold for up to $ 575 at auction. Retailers specializing in radios and vintage decor could charge between $ 400 and $ 600 for this model if it was in excellent condition with the original seat cover. Your radio has a considerable loss of finish. Because of that and the missing saddle cover, it could fetch $ 100 to $ 150 at auction.
About today’s collectables
The values discussed for the items shown in this column were researched by the Portland Rater Jerry I. Dobesh, ASA, an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a specialty designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts. Its services include providing assessments for inheritance rights, charitable contributions, insurance planning and loss, and fair distribution needs.
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