Dear John: I have had this figure of a bird my whole life and I am 73 years old. It belonged to my parents, and was purchased at auction in Chicago, where we lived. I am interested in its value and would probably sell it if the price is good. I would appreciate your help. — L.W., Inverness
Dear L.W.: I am glad you included a photograph of the underside of your ceramic rook paperweight. The mark indicates the rook was made by the Rookwood Pottery located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company was in business from 1880 to 1960. In the mark, the R is reversed and placed back to back with the letter P surrounded by flames. After 1921, a Roman numeral was added to indicate the year the item was made, so your rook was made in 1922. Rookwood Pottery is considered one of the premier pottery companies in America. It has been a specific category of collector interest for decades. The overall condition of your piece appears to be excellent. Potential dollar value is in the $200 range, perhaps more on a lucky day.
Dear John: I have been meaning for years to ask you about this oil painting and frame that I purchased for $100 at an estate auction in Milwaukee, WI, 50 years ago. I have seen prints of this landscape painting before, so I doubt it is an original, but I would appreciate any information and value you may be able to give me regarding it. Photos are attached. Thank you and I look forward to your reply. — D.R.B., Homosassa
Dear D.R.B.: I think your landscape painting was produced in America likely between World War I and II. I was not able to decipher the artist’s signature. Examine the verso and see if there are notations about the artist. Potential dollar value, based on an unknown artist, is below $200.
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