Q: This is a photo of a lamp that I would like to know more about. It is one of a pair that was purchased by my parents between 1953 and 1957 in the Newark, New Jersey, area. The lamps are approximately 32 inches tall. They appear to be blown etched frosted glass with a design outlined in gold overlay. The stylized peacocks and flowers are decorated with tones of turquoise and blue. I have no information on the lamps, and would like to know who designed them and where they may have been manufactured. We would never part with them and plan to have them insured. I hope you can tell me the insurance value, too.
A: The shape, stylized design and etched frosted glass are similar to lamps designed by Waylande Gregory in the mid-20th century. He was a successful early-1900s art deco sculptor. In the mid-1900s, he designed elegant blown-glass lamp bases and decorated some with whimsical designs. He often signed his work. Carefully examine your lamps for a signature.
Insure the pair for $500 to $1,000.
Q: I have been helping my mother downsize. There are several antiques, and we don't know whether they have any value. One is a porcelain vase that stands about 12 inches tall. It is decorated with yellow-, pink- and cream-colored roses. The background shades from green to dark-green. It has a round body with a short, narrow neck and is in perfect condition. I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of the vase. The history of it has been lost over time.
Should we put it in the yard sale or back on the shelf? Who made it? When was it made? Does it have any value? Should it be insured?
A: Franz Anton Mehlem made your Royal Bonn vase. Mehlem founded his factory in Bonn, Germany, in 1836. It made earthenware and porcelain. In 1890, the words "Royal Bonn" were added. Mehlem also produced porcelain cases for mantel clocks. The mark with the words "Royal Bonn," a crown and the initials "FM" in a shield was used from 1890 to 1920. In 1921, Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, Germany, bought the factory. Franz Anton Mehlem closed in 1931.
Your vase is shelfworthy! It was made around 1900 and would probably be worth $125 to $150. You might consider insuring it for $200 to $225.
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