Palissy Ware style evident in 20th century majolica plate

This majolica plate is in the Palissy Ware style that was popular in the Victorian era.

Courtesy of John Sikorski
Published: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

Q: A friend gave me a majolica plate as a house gift this past weekend. Is there anyone in the Ocala/Gainesville area that specializes in majolica who might know the value of this plate? The back looks very, very old. There are no markings on it or on the back.

— K.S., Internet

A: Your majolica plate is in the Palissy Ware style that was popular in the Victorian era. Bernard Palissy, 1510-1589, became famous throughout Europe for his faience plates, jugs and wall plaques decorated with sea forms, fish, fowl and mythological creatures in high relief. During the 19th century ceramics companies produced large quantities of what was called Palissy Ware in the style of Palissy's original work. Your majolica Palissy style plate is contemporary, made in the late 20th century. Potential dollar value is $50 to $100, perhaps more on a lucky day.

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Q: I have a Ducks Unlimited numbered print, "Autumn Wings," by Lee LeBlanc. It is framed, matted and, aside from a couple of dings in the matting, is in good condition. It is numbered 320 of 2000 and carries the Ducks Unlimited stamp. I am hoping you can give me some idea of the value of this print. I have seen others, not this particular print or artist, that have ranged in price from $45 to $750, so I have no idea where this one falls.

— J.T., Internet

A: Lee LeBlanc, 1913-1989, was born in Michigan. He produced Realist paintings depicting wildlife in various landscapes. The print you own would likely sell in the $50 to $100 range.

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Q: Could you tell me the value of these crystal bowls?

— C., Internet

A: The photographs are not very clear and you did not include the dimensions of your two bowls. I assume you are correct that both bowls are cut glass, as you say, although they could be pressed glass and look just like cut glass. If they are cut glass, the edges of the pattern will be sharp to the touch. The inside of the bowls should feel smooth without any variation. I think they were made in America during the early 20th century. Depending on size and without any damage, potential dollar value, if cut glass, is less than $100 each, if pressed glass $5 to $10 each.

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Q: I got your name from a friend of mine in reference to clocks. I have two clocks that I am considering selling. One is a Palais Royal mantel clock with shelf, and the other is a Howard Miller wall clock that looks like a miniature grandfather clock. I would be able to send you a picture of each of them, if you have an interest.

— J.M., Internet

A: Yes, I would be glad to help you. I have been a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, NAWCC for more than 30 years. Make sure your photographs are good and clear, include dimensions and any information you find on the clocks.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email

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