Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent some time recently researching a vintage piece that I would like to sell soon. The process was so interesting, I thought I’d walk you through it today and let you know about some of the internet resources available to help you with pricing vintage collectibles.
Do you remember this large, unmarked pitcher that I picked up at a garage sale last summer? Having no idea what to even call it or artwork on it, I was at a loss as to how to begin researching it online. I finally decided that the decoration had an Art Deco feel to it.
Realizing that I didn’t have enough information to find similar pieces on any of the sites I like to turn to, I decided to do a google images search. I typed “Vintage Art Deco Water Pitcher” into the Google search bar and pressed “Enter.”
Then I pressed “Images” up at the top of the page. Immediately, my screen filled with hundreds of images, which I started sifting through, looking for a pitcher similar to mine.
After a few minutes of searching, I found one with decoration that had a similar quality. It was described as Art Deco, too.
When you click on an image in a gallery like this, it pulls up some information about the picture. In this case, I learned that the piece was Czechoslovakian. A clue!
I headed over to eBay, which I often use for research, but when I searched “Vintage Art Deco Czechoslovakian Pitcher,” none of the results looked anything like my water pitcher. I changed “Pitcher” to “Pottery” but still no matches.
Worthpoint Auction Reports
That’s when I decided to go to one of my new, favorite sites, Worthpoint, to see what I might learn there. My search revealed this 5 1/4″ vase with a geometric design very similar to the design on my pitcher. I learned that it sold for $58.00 on eBay in February 2013.
Continuing to look through the Worthpoint listings, I came across this stunning Czechoslovakian pottery clock and another clue was revealed: airbrushed. This piece, remarkably, sold for $1800 in August 2013.
I entered “Vintage Art Deco Airbrushed Czechoslovakian Pitcher,” and a total of fifteen pieces came up, including the one you see here–a 5 1/2″ creamer that sold on eBay in 2015 for $49.00. I also learned yet another term used in relation to objects like this one, Spritzdekor, which means “spray decoration” in German.
This attractive, 7″ piece (with a chipped finial), which I also found on Worthpoint, sold on eBay, in January 2017 for $102.50. I now had enough information to identify and price my pitcher.
My Worthpoint research confirmed that my water pitcher dates to the Art Deco period in the Spritzdekor-airbrushed style commonly attributed to both German and Czechoslovakian pottery. It’s a very nice example, in absolutely perfect condition, and I would value it at between $80 and $150.00.
Many thanks to Worthpoint for giving me a free, three-month membership so I could experience all their site has to offer. For this and several other searches I’ve conducted over the past few weeks, it has proven both easy to use and invaluable.
Worthpoint offers the opportunity to try out their site free for 7 days (up to 7 searches). If you use one of the affiliate links I’ve provided in this post, my blog and I will receive a small commission. Thank you!
Worthpoint Price Guide Books
Though I’ve known about Worthpoint for several years, I only recently began to explore all it has to offer. In addition to the thousands of auction sales listings (that I used to price my pitcher above), they also have a library of over 1000 price guides and other books to help you learn more about your collectibles.
You’ll find books by well-known publishers like Warman’s, Antique Trader, and Schroeders, covering topics from dolls to carpets, glassware to toys, and knives to quilts. You have access to every single one of them and can read them at your leisure from cover to cover in the comfort of your own home! I’m looking forward to reading more of them myself.
Adirondack Girl Resources
You may or may not know that I’ve developed several resources over the years for your use, including my Price Guides, my list of category-specific online articles, and my articles about various “cool collectibles.” I hope you will make use of them whenever you like.
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