Friday, 13 May 2016

The Emperor's New Jug

Photo: The Independent
Let me tell an interesting little story. You'll have to go to the this  BBC  link  to find out more  but here's the gist of it  Back in the '70s an Oregon teenager made a rather pleasing jug, in my opinion at least.  It has an interesting texture and shape and is covered in weird and wacky faces.  I reckon her parents' taste were different to my own and they thought otherwise.  'Bejesus!' they might have said. 'That's hideous.  We're not giving that house room!'  So, instead of being used as a receptacle for summer Pimms, it was relegated to a barn where it accumulated dirt and straw and chicken shit for a few decades. Nice!

Let's get in our Tardis and travel forward to the current time.  Somehow the jug ended up in an auction sale. There  an antiques expert saw it, wet his pants with excitement and paid $300.  He'd mistaken it for a piece of  highly prized art created by some indigenous person who roamed the plains of Oregon hundreds of years ago.  Does Oregon even have plains or are my imaginary musings going completely off kilter?  Heck, I'm feeling a bit too lazy this morning to go and research that on Wikipedia.  Maybe one of my US readers can set me straight.  Anyway once it seems that its real provenance was determined, the value of the jug came crashing down again. Maybe though the story of its recent history meant that just a little bit of that deflated value was retained.   It got me thinking.  Setting the price of anything must be a dead funny science.

6 comments:

  1. It is indeed a strange science. I watched an episode of flog it a few weeks back some guy came along with what looked like an old chipped brown pot which turned out to be a 17th century Chinese rhino horn libation cup. This had been sitting in a cabinet for years and went on to sell for 44k. Lovejoy is having a hunt through all his past stuff which is still in boxes in the loft just in case lol

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  2. Oregon indeed has plains that lead up to foothills for the mountainous areas. I say never squash anyone's creative expression. My "eww" is someone else's genius and who should be stifled.

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    1. Thanks for the geography lesson! xx

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  3. Can't see the video here! Damn it.

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    1. Oops that disappeared quickly. Have edited the post. Well spotted Cro! x

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