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Restored or mysteries … still wonderful & cheap!
Many dealers, ourselves included, keep in our collection examples of objects which we can afford to keep … because damage has made they so affordable. Most are professionally restored, sometimes so well that we were fooled when we bought them. A top London dealer in Chinese ceramics encourages his clients not to pass up the chance to own a rare piece because it has a chip. Museums display hurt and restored pieces. Japanese tea ceremony fanatics sometimes actually take pleasure in a damaged piece repaired quite visibly with gold lacquer!
RARE - RARE - Early Japanese porcelain - ca 1699-1730 - Molded (Buddhist pearl form) dishes (3) Sages Playing Go, five spur marks - 2 have Japanese style rim repairs, 1 has a bump crack. Check out Sotheby 3/11/81 (identical) #144 & 5/6/81 #189 $4-700 each; 11/79 #675 $6-800; ‘95 NY Asia show (comparable but basically perfect) $5-8000 - your choice only $280 - all three for $700
Anne Hirondelle - Sculptural Vase - 17" h - SOLD
John Glick - Incredible huge tray! I have to get measurements - Very well repaired, you'll have trouble finding it. It's quite functional for service. We paid a lot and priced it at $850 until it broke. Couldn't throw it out, so spent $75 on repair. You can have it for $125.
William Kage Gustavsberg - 1956-57 Fartsta Bowl with straffitto - 5.75" d - over $1500 perfect - $275
The Natzlers - Low rare mustard yellow bowl - 6.75" d - $3000+ if perfect - sold
Adrian Saxe - Celedon - missing top - 11"h - compare with cover illustration on American Ceramics in the Everson - $10,000 with antelope top - $475