The popular TV show “Antiques Roadshow” features antique collectors and appraisers evaluating items brought to the show to determine their worth. The show has been on the air for many years and has become a favorite of antiques and collectibles enthusiasts. One of the reasons the show is so popular is that it frequently features ordinary people who have discovered something of value in their attic or basement and are surprised to learn that it is worth a lot of money.
This can be exciting for both the person who brought the item in and viewers at home who may own similar items. The show also teaches viewers about antiques and collecting, including how to identify and care for various types of collectibles. This can be beneficial for those who are just getting started in the world of antique collecting or who want to broaden their knowledge.
A woman arrived with a celadon ‘bowl,’ claiming it was a gift from her uncle. She claimed that her uncle brought the bowl from Japan after the war as a civilian director of the educational troops. The bowl, according to the woman, is at least 80 to 100 years old. “Celadon is a favorite of mine, as well as a favorite of the Japanese for centuries,” said Antique Roadshow appraiser Richard Cervantes. “There are several clues that I would look for to determine what it is and where it came from.” The first is the box’s label.”
Following a closer examination, the Cervantes concluded that what the woman mistook for a bowl was actually a charger. “It’s a large dish that they might have used to serve oranges or as a large, dramatic display piece,” the appraiser explained. The appraiser noted that the item was of Chinese origin and mentioned the long-standing practice of Japanese collectors acquiring celadon wares. The appraiser was ecstatic upon discovering the item’s contents, as the label on the package provided detailed information about the piece.
The appraiser credited the charger’s preservation and discovery to the Japanese legacy of collecting and connoisseurship. “So it’s good to see that the label matches the contents of the box,” Cervantes said with approval. Boxes and ceramics that were not intended to be together are sometimes combined. But this is clearly a box made to house this lovely work of porcelain.” “The dragon is sublime,” he continued. The glaze is flawless.
And there aren’t many signs of age in this. So I don’t blame you or anyone else for looking at it and failing to see the history. You can see the beauty and the quality in it. However, the Yongzheng period runs from 1722 to 1735.” The expert appraiser inquired about the woman’s estimate of the value of the Celadon charger. As she is knowledgeable about contemporary ceramics, the woman responded that it could be worth around $1000.
The current Chinese porcelain market, according to the Antique Roadshow appraiser, is booming and driven by Chinese tastes. Collectors looking for this type of ceramic would most likely be interested in bidding on it. When she heard this, the stunned woman muttered, “Oh, my… You… (laughs) Really? And it’s always under my bed? (laughs)” I feel like crying.
You can watch the video of their encounter online if you want to see the appraiser’s reaction and the woman’s stunned expression after learning the true value of her Celadon charger. It’s an enthralling look at the world of antiques and the surprising value that can be found in everyday objects. Who knows, you might have a treasure under your bed as well!