|Title:||Chinese Ivory Chrysanthemum Sculpture|
|Date/Era/Period:||late 19th early 20th cemtury|
|Description:||Large intricately carved ivory basket of flowers.|
|Condition:||Good condition. Backside of basket has damage with one branch of flowers broken off.|
|Origin:||I believe its Chinese|
|Provenance:||Inherited from relative. It had a very old Christie's auction tag on the bottom.|
|Appraised By:||Valerie Bennett|
|Appraiser Comments:||This is one of the finest of these baskets I have ever seen. It is bigger , wider and better carved than almost all of these types of pieces. I understand that you have some damage, but you certainly can get that restored, I do not know where in Texas you are but all big cities like Dallas, Houston and Austin have restorers capable of fixing this piece. I am going to make the assumption that you are going to get this restored before you try to sell it, because you will leave a great deal of money on the table if you do not. The last basket of this type I saw sold at auction was at Bonhams in 2008 when it brought $4,500. But it was a third narrower than yours and the Chinese market has gone up since then. I think when yours is restored it would be worth at least $6,500 today. You do need to understand that the Chinese art and antique market is very volatile( there are those who think it is a "bubble"). When you finally go to sell it it could be worth significantly more or significantly less. I cannot identify the inscription incised on the bottom, but it does not affect the value. You should insure the basket for the higher value because that is the cost to replace it in the market today.|
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