During the Qing dynasty in China, everyday objects were transformed into art
The Hundred Treasures theme was popular in Chinese art during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Many everyday objects that confer symbolic meaning have been incorporated into the works of art. A single vase can be a symbol of female fertility, but this red Chinese porcelain has several small vases embossed on its surface to suggest even more meaning.
The flowers are not only painted to decorate the small raised vases, but are also painted on the red background to make it look like flower arrangements in the raised vases. Flowers are eternal symbols of beauty, and the brilliant red color of the vase has many associations with China.
The country’s flag is red, which is associated not only with power, but also with luck, happiness and celebrations. Traditional Chinese brides wear red for good luck and the Lunar New Year is celebrated with red lanterns and many other red decorations. The blue seal mark on the bottom of the base is like those of Qing Dynasty porcelain.
Q: I would like to know the value of a set of two lounge chairs (possibly teak) from the SS Oceanic. They have their original blue cushions with “Home Lines” and a gold logo. In your opinion, what are they worth?
A: Home Lines was an Italian company that operated cruise ships and ocean liners. The company was in business from 1946 until 1988, when it merged with Holland America Line. SS Oceanic was one of Home Lines cruise ships from 1965 until 1985, when it was sold to Premier Cruise Line. Most lounge chairs do not sell for high prices. Chairs from major manufacturers or those related to a significant or historical event command high prices. A Titanic lounge chair, one of seven known and with a letter of authenticity, sold for nearly $150,000 in 2015. The value of your lounge chairs depends on the condition and history of the ship . They sell for between $100 and $1,000.
Q: I would like to know the company that made a doll with the inscription “1964, Royal Doll, 10”. She is made of hard rubber, has a rooted blonde wig, and has eyes that open and close. There is a hole in the doll’s mouth and another in her lower back. She came with a small bottle. When the bottle is filled with water and put in its mouth, the water comes out the bottom.
A: Morris Bonet founded the Royal Toy Manufacturing Co. in 1914. After Henry and Rose Frankel purchased the business, Rose designed the dolls. The dolls were marked “Royal Doll” or “Royal Toy”. The company merged with the Jolly Toy Company in 1973 and some dolls were branded “Jolly Toy” and “Royal Doll”. The company closed in 1977. The markings on your doll indicate that she was made in 1964 and is 10 inches long. Dolls like this are sometimes called “drink and wet” dolls. The first drinking and wetting dolls were made by Effanbee Doll Co. in 1933. They became one of the company’s most popular dolls, and many other companies began making similar dolls. You should be able to find a similar doll for $25.
Q: My daughter bought a wicker doll stroller for my birthday. She paid $25 for it. It’s in perfect condition. There are wooden spokes in the wheels, and it says “Gendron Wheel Co., Toledo, Ohio, USA.” Can you tell me more ? How old is he and what is he worth?
A: Peter Gendron was granted a patent for a wire-spoked wheel for prams in 1874. The Gendron Iron Wheel Co. was incorporated in 1880. It became the Gendron Wheel Co. in 1896. The company manufactured doll carriages, bicycles, tricycles, pedal cars, carts, wheelchairs and hospital equipment. Children’s toys were not manufactured after 1941. The company became Gendron Inc. in 1975 and was purchased by Graham-Field in 2020. The mark shows that your doll’s stroller was manufactured after 1896, and the style suggests 1930. Other similar strollers have sold for around $50.
Q: What is a Tiffany ballpoint pen with felt pouch worth? The pen is 4½ inches long. The marching band in the middle bears the words “Tiffany & Co. Germany”. The pen and the pocket are light blue.
A: Tiffany can refer to many different things. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the famous designer known for his lamps and stained glass windows. It is also known for iridescent glass, pottery and other works of art. Tiffany & Co. is a store in New York that sells luxury jewelry, accessories, and giftware. It was started by Louis Comfort’s father, Charles Louis Tiffany, in 1837. It became Tiffany & Co. in 1845. The little pen is called a hand pen. The color is known as “Tiffany Blue”. The felt pen and pouch originally came in a matching Tiffany & Co. blue box. Several versions of the purse pen were made, including some in sterling silver with diamond-textured brass and a Tiffany Blue lacquer finish. They sell at the store for $250. Your little “purse” pen sells for $100 to $125 if it’s in the blue bag and box. A used pen without the bag or box sells for around $30.
POINT: Some experts say you should re-string pearls and other gemstones every two years. Sooner or later the string will break if the beads are worn a lot.
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Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Jewelry, pin, porcelain, painted, courtesy scene, man playing guitar, seated woman with basket of flowers, multicolor, Limoges, France, 1¾ inches, $24.
Toy, model of Star Trek, Galileo II Shuttlecraft, The Original Series, 25th anniversary, box, 1990s, 9 x 10 inches, $50.
Royal Doulton figurine, weasel, pine marten, head and front legs up, porcelain, brown, cream and black glaze, Chatcull range, J. Ledger, HN 2656, 1960s, 4 inches, $113.
Furniture, screen, four panels, silk, watercolour, riverside scene, fishing boats, waterfowl, writing and seals at the top right, brocade border, back with floral motif on a black background, wooden frame, brass mount, Chinese, 35 by 39 inches, $123.
Cut glass tumbler, Tramore pattern, faceted stem, star cut foot, Waterford, 7 inches, eight pieces, $300.
Woodcarving, bowl, paste, pine, single board, exterior painted green, dated 1870, 6 x 33 x 18 inches, $360.
Lamp, searchlight, kerosene, portable, painted metal tripod, tag, instructions, wooden box, Tilley, Hendon, England, WWII era, 26 x 14 inches, lamp, 57 inches, tripod, $420.
Cabinet, bureau, Chippendale, slant front, mahogany, serpentine edge, four graduated drawers, fitted interior, lockers and drawers, brace legs, circa 1780, 43 by 32 inches, $1,375.
Rug, Hariz, geometric flower stems, dark blue field, red border with medallions between two multicolored minor borders, hand-woven, wool, Persian, circa 1930, 12 feet 3 inches by 9 feet, $2,356.
Vase, Della Robbia, double gourd shape, broad blue stripes, puffins around lower body, decorator’s initials, Rozane, Frederick Hurten Rhead, circa 1906, 8½ by 4½ inches, $4,375.