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Daily WOW: Antiques Roadshow Appraises High School Art at $50k

Grotesque Face Jug WOW

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The Daily Catch - published on 05/13/16

Antiques Roadshow appraised a “grotesque face jug” at $30,000-$50,000, the appraiser deemed that it was made in the late 19th or early 20th century:

Fletcher: There are grotesque face jugs out there.. .. When we turn this around, there’s a whole variety of, well, characters, and this particular person looks like he had an eye injury. They’ve stitched his eye closed. They all have very distinctive characters or personalities. This person speaks with a forked tongue, it would seem. There’s a little damage here and there. For example, this particular face looks like his tongue was stuck out at us. So we’ve been spared that. When we look at the base clay, it’s red ware, and the potter has used an impressive array of techniques to come up with this extraordinary texture. This, in its own way, is really over the top. It’s bizarre and wonderful. You even see a little bit of, like, Pablo Picasso going on here. It’s a little difficult to identify precisely when this was made, but I think it’s probably late 19th or early 20th century… Probably its origin, it’s coast of the United States, maybe Middle Atlantic states headed southward. Estimating its value is a little difficult. I think in a retail setting, somebody might well ask in the area of between $30,000 and $50,000 for this.

Unfortunately they found out that it was actually a 1970’s high school art project:

It’s still an impressive work of art that maintains a value of between $3,000-$4,000. To this we say Wow!

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