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This Portland thrift store find could fetch thousands of dollars

Our collectibles this month are, as always, an interesting and varied bunch. A few would be at home in many settings today, including a small, delicate porcelain figurine, a weathered duck decoy, and a wall-sized metal sculpture. Two others – a pair of watercolors painted by a minor Austrian artist and a 1900-era mantel clock – will appeal primarily to collectors with more specialized tastes.

This sculpture is the work of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, who sold their work as C. Jere.Courtesy of the collector

C. Jere Sculpture of raindrops

Q. I got this at the old Jewish Women’s Council thrift store that used to be on 10th and Alder in downtown Portland. I spent $50 on this and took it at lunchtime to my office at First and Market in the rain. It’s marked C. Jere ’73. It is about five feet long and can be hung horizontally or vertically.

NB, Gladstone

A. Your sculpture is by artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, who sold their work as C. Jere. Freiler was the production manager and Fels was the designer. Their goal was to create “gallery quality art for the masses” and their production house in California employed artisans to produce a number of sculptures. Raindrop sculptures are among the most popular. The company still makes metal sculptures, but production is now based in China. At auction, you might see a sale for $1,000 to $1,500. Dealers specializing in mid-century modern design might charge $5,000 to $7,000 or more for this piece.

A porcelain figurine of a young girl standing on a turtle

This figurine is from the Dux porcelain factory in Duchov, Bohemia.Courtesy of the collector

Porcelain figurine

Q My mother has a porcelain figurine of a girl riding a turtle. It measures 10 1/2 inches tall and is in mint condition. Can you tell me how old he is?

RS, Eugene

A. Your Art Nouveau figurine comes from the Dux porcelain factory in Duchov, Bohemia, commonly known as Royal Dux. It was made before 1919 and probably dates from 1900-1910. Royal Dux was founded in 1853, went through tough times during and after both World Wars and is once again manufacturing high quality porcelain. At auction, you might see a sale for $200 to $300. A dealer specializing in European porcelains may charge between $700 and $900 or more if it is in excellent condition and in good condition.

This watercolor painting shows pink, orange and white flowers.

This watercolor appears to be by Austro-Hungarian artist Joseph Jurutka (1880-1945).Courtesy of the collector

Watercolors by Jurutka

I have two watercolors by Jurutka – 12 inches x 16 inches and in excellent condition. Jurutka lived in my neighborhood in Austria after World War II, and I inherited it from my parents. He is well known for his oil paintings but I couldn’t find any watercolors in his portfolio. I would appreciate any information you could provide.

RW, SE Portland

A. Your watercolors appear to be by Austro-Hungarian artist Joseph Jurutka (1880-1945). He is best known for his oil still lifes and Hitler bought one of his paintings especially for his private collection. At auction, you might see estimates of $120 to $180 each for these watercolors. A dealer might charge between $600 and $800 each for these paintings in a nice similar frame.

A close up of a clock in a casing that looks like marble

This clock is an “Adamantine” clock from the Seth Thomas Clock Company.Courtesy of the collector

Seth Thomas Pendulum

Q I bought this clock from an antique store a few years ago. Can you tell me how old he is, and what he is worth? It works well. It measures 11 1/2 inches tall. The movement is stamped Made in USA and 890.

PC, Twin Falls, Idaho

A. Your clock is an “Adamantine” clock from the Seth Thomas Clock Company, of New Haven, Connecticut, and dates from approximately 1900-1910. In the 1860s, French slate, onyx, or marble clocks became popular in the United States. These cases were expensive, and many American clock makers, including Seth Thomas, produced similar-looking cases in less expensive iron or wood. The company’s popular black Adamantine mantel clocks used a patented celluloid veneer designed to mimic wood grain, onyx or marble and bonded to a wooden case. At auction, it could sell for between $150 and $250. A dealer specializing in American clocks might charge between $500 and $750 for this clock in excellent working order.

This duck decoy shows signs of wear

A collector decoy dealer might charge between $300 and $400 for this duck decoy.Courtesy of the collector

duck decoy

Q. I inherited a duck decoy from my grandmother’s brother. It is 14 ½ inches long and has lots of wear. Can you tell me something about it? Is there a market for such an object?

MP, North Portland

A. Your decoy is a Bluebill Hen Decoy from the Mason Decoy Factory in Detroit, Michigan, which made decoys from 1888 to 1894 and again from 1903 to 1924. Yours is from the first quarter of the 20th century and is their grade” challenge”. – one below the highest grade. At auction, you might see a $150 to $250 sale for your lure. A dealer of collectible lures might charge between $300 and $400. Mason’s decoys are highly collectable, and if yours was excellent with almost any paint, it would fetch three or four times that amount.

About Today’s Collectibles

The values ​​discussed for the items featured in this column were researched by Portland reviewer Jerry l. Dobesh, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a specialty designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts. Its services include providing appraisals for estate tax, charitable contributions, planning and insurance loss and equitable distribution needs.

To find an appraiser, contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Appraisers Association of America. The estimates suggested in this Collectibles column are for general informational purposes only and may not be used as a basis for sales, insurance, or IRS purposes.

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