Hi My name is XXXXX XXXXX I would be happy to help with your Victoria vase.
Can I confirm you would like this vase appraised, correct? As you did not include a specific question.
Also, could you very kindly provide a photo of it.
Here's a REALLY simple way to attach pictures (four clicks and a copy-and-paste and you're done!) First collar a passing teenager with an iPhone,
Go to www.imgur.com
click on Computer
Select the picture file from the box that pops up.
Click on Start Upload
And then copy the link they give you and paste it here.
Don't worry if this is a problem, I can work 'blind' if necessary but will give you a much more meaningful appraisal if I can see the style and artistic merit.
Many thanks and wait to hear,
Thanks for trying to send pictures but the link will not open.
You can email your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask them to forward it to me, Robert Stoney, in the Antiques category. It maytake a while (allow at least 48 hours) for it to be sent on, so please be patient,but I will get back to you as soon as I see it appear in my inbox.
Thank you for emailing the photos. I look forward to seeing them. Maybe they will be forwarded to me this evening or tomorrow. Either way I will let you know the moment I see them.
That's great that you got the note out of the vase! I'm glad it confirms the maker and origin.
I had a look through the US Antique Roadshow archives for the whole of 2008 but there is no mention of a Carlsbad vase that I could find.
I'll wait till I see the pictures and we'll go from there.
Have a great evening!
No sign of the photos yet!
Will let you know as soon as they are sent to me.
I am sorry it is taking as long as you say for the photos to come through. The ones you sent on 8/7/2012 (as you mentioned above) should get to me soon.
I wish I could help more but I have no control over this as I do not work for JustAnswers. I operate as an independent agent and JustAnswers is a matchmaking service to put you and I together.
We'll get there eventually! Muito obrigado pela sua paciência.
I see you tried to send me something, however all I got was the message:
"Delivery to the following recipients failed"
Can you very kindly try again or try a different way.
Nothing came through yet, I'm afraid.
Please tell me you used this email,
Otherwise they won't get to me. This is the only email address to send photos to.
They are usually forwarded quite quickly but can take up to 48 hours.
Great! Thank you!
I am sorry this is so much work for you. You are very patient person!
We'll get there in the end,
"Delivery to the following recipients failed" again
Did you use email@example.com ?
I wish you could send it to my phone, unfortunately I don't have a smart phone.
Not too smart, eh?
Well done! One came through as a tiny thumbnail (I might be able to work with it but can't see the detail) but the rest are xxxxx's I'm afraid.
If you can post pictures this way then you you'll find www.imgur.com SO MUCH easier:
Go to www.imgur.comclick on Computer
We are getting there!
Thanks for the streams of photos! Well done, I have enough for a movie now!
They are all thumbnail size so I cannot see all the detail, but I can see enough to tell you what you have.
I am assuming the mark on the base is this one, correct?
Which is the mark for Victoria Schmidt, which the company used from 1891 to 1918.
Stylistically, this type of decoration and handle shape was typical of the period 1900 - 1910, which narrows the date down a little more. So your vase is well over a hundred years old.
Victoria Schmidt & Co began at Lazarus & Rosenfeld, Ltd in 1883 who sold to Franz Schmidt two years later. The factory was located in Altrohlau, Bohemia, which was then part of Austria. The same town today is called Stará Role, and the country is now the Czech Republic. It is located on the outskirts of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) about 80 miles due west of Prague.
Your vase is baluster shaped with elegant high arching & scrolled handles that join at top, terminating in an acorn finial, and all done in the Art Nouveau or jugendstil style. It has scattered flowers on one side and a figural scene from the classics on the other. The scene is a polychrome print (not hand painted) based on a painting called "Cleopatra" by the acclaimed Swiss artist Angelica Kauffmann (1741 - 1807). Here's a version of it on a very similar vase to yours:
XXXXX XXXXXffmann was a much copied and admired artist in the late 1800s. In fact she had more acclaim at this time, some fifty years after she died, and at the time your vase was made, than she ever did during her lifetime.
The vase is also elaborately decorated in gold, though I notice a good deal of the gold has rubbed from the handles which is going to reduce its value, I'm afraid.
If you were to see your vase for sale in an antique store it would have a retail value of $650.00. This is the replacement value and what you should insure it for.
Expect to get approximately 30% - 40% of this if you were to sell at auction or on line.
I do hope this helps!
Please let me know if you wish any further information, I would be happy to help.
And thanks for all your hard work and persevering with the photographs.
PS. Please don't forget to rate my answer (at no extra cost to you) as I don't get paid for my work until or unless you do.