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Complete jardiniere set brings value

I have an interest in finding out about the planter and stand shown in the photograph. This belonged to my grandmother in Kentucky. I remember it being in the entrance hall of her three-story home. It is in good condition but I can find no markings. There is a yellow iris and the rest is brown with a little yellow, gold and green. It is approximately 43 inches high. B.P.

You have a jardiniere on a stand from the late Victorian/ Edwardian period, about 1880 to 1925. There was another example in a previous column. Jardinieres on a stand were popular, and a lot of upper and middle class homes owned one or more. This was also a time when the middle class was expanding and, coincidentally, the use of indoor plants was popular.

If you look at pictures of the interior of the White House in that time period, you will see a lot of plants and some of these jardinieres. You mentioned in your letter that your grandparents lived in a three-story house, so they were certainly a part of society that had the disposable income to spend on this type of ornamentation.

There were so many pottery companies operating in America in this time period that it is hard to identify the maker without a manufacturer’s mark. Ohio was one of the principle areas of production, and with the close proximity to Kentucky, it is possible your jardiniere was produced by an Ohio pottery.

Having the matching stand and base still together adds value to your set. They become split up by families or one gets broken so sets are prized. You would be surprised at how many times an owner has shown me their “umbrellas stand,” which is actually a jardiniere base turned upside down.

In good condition, your stand and jardiniere can be valued for insurance purposes at $800.

Enclosed are copies of pictures I have had for years. Could you please let me know if they have any value? If possible I would like to sell them as I know I’ll be going to a nursing home soon. Mrs. B.

This reader sent several photographs of pictures she owned. This lithographic print of a man rowing his boat is signed R. H. Palenski. The artist is Reinhold Palenski, an American artist who lived from 1884 to 1954.

I recognized the works immediately because my mother was fond of this artist and owned a number of his lithographs of horses. Palenski was known for his portraits of horses.

The two lithographs of men rowing their boats are a little reminiscent of Winslow Homer, one of the most famous American artists. The title of this print is “Just Fishing.”

For an artist who produced so much work over a long number of years, there is not a lot of biographical information about Palenski. Some of his prints have come up for auction. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, had one for sale in May 2008, with an estimate of $125 to $250.

Looking through Artfact, I found several other Palenski lithographs that have sold in the last couple of years in the $110 to $225 range.

The framing, matting and condition can substantially affect the value of prints. A conservative evaluation of the two Palenski prints is $75 each. The market is soft, but these are good subjects for Florida so hopefully you will find a buyer.

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