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James Prestini Turned Wooden Bowl

Posted Tuesday, March 07 by Brian

Anything you can tell us about any or all of these pieces (including what they are worth) would be so helpful! If you can only do one, that is totally cool...I just wanted to let you pick the one you were most interested in.

A turned wooden bowl marked "Prestini" on the bottom. No damage, in excellent condition. I don't have the exact measurements yet (we had packed it safely offsite before I measured it). It's approximately 7-9 inches high and 11-14 inches in diameter at the top. We're pretty sure that this is a piece by James Prestini who was a celebrated wood turner (the Art Institute of Chicago is in possession of a few of his pieces, I guess.) Thanks awfully much...jeannie
Prestini Bowl.jpg
[In case you haven't been to their sites, Jeannie and Aaron are owners and operators of two great sites HouseInProgress.net and HouseBlogs.net.
I selected the Prestini bowl from the four pieces, and will look at the other pieces at a later date.]
Prestini Mark.jpg Jeannie, you didn't leave me much to tell you about your bowl except the value. Prestini's works have been appreciating steadily since he passed away in 1993. In the mid 1990's, his bowls were selling mostly in the $600-$800 range. In the last couple of years, typical pieces are selling more in the $1,500 to $3,500 range. At least one bowl, sold at auction for about $7,000. That piece was from his estate and had several exhibition tags on the bottom. Presumably, since he chose to keep it, and exhibit it multiple times, it was one of his favorites.

Factors affecting value include the shape, type of wood, color, size, provenance and of course, condition. I'd like to do a little more research on your piece, but I think it would likely sell in the $2,000 to $4,000 range at auction, maybe more.

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