Q: This lovely vase belonged to my mother. So far, I have been unable to determine its age or value. It is 8 1/2 inches high. It is cloisonne, made of a silver base with shades of green enamel.
A: This appears to be a beautiful example of French cloisonne, probably made in the early 1900s. It might sell in the $500 to $600 range.
Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a crackleware vase. It is bulbous with a short, straight neck. It is decorated with pictures of butterflies. Can you tell me anything about its origin and value?
A: Your vase was made by the Dedham Pottery in Massachusetts in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $450 to $475. The pottery was established in 1866 and went out of business in 1943.
A generation after the origin of Imari china in Japan's Hizen province, some of the potters moved to the Kaga province and built their kilns around the town of Kutani. They produced exquisite porcelain from 1639 to 1694.
After almost a century, there was a revival of Kutani designs. Throughout the 1800s, large quantities of porcelain were produced for export to Europe and America.
Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.