GUEST: My wife's grandmother's cousin and
her husband traveled the world in the early 1900s, and they visited various countries,
Europe, Asia; and they would go for three, four months at a time. Set up a home and when they would come back
to America, they would ship back all the items that they had accumulated while in that country. APPRAISER: These are what are called buddhistic
lions, and these were created in sets, a male and female. GUEST: All right.
APPRAISER: So the male is on your side with
a ball. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: The mother has the little baby. GUEST: Okay, yeah.
APPRAISER: The pup. GUEST: Yeah, I see that. APPRAISER: They were put on either side of
a doorway, and they were protectors to keep evil spirits out of the household. GUEST: Alright.
APPRAISER: And the mother represents a maternal
instinct, and the dad is the protective instinct. Now this color originated in the 17th century
in what's called the Kangxi period, and they continued to make them throughout later times
as well. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: The difference between the early
period, the 17th century and the circa 1900 variety is the type of glaze.
Now this bright blue color is called a glaze. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: And the earlier one has a much
more crackly kind of appearance. GUEST: Okay.
APPRAISER: I believe these to be late 19th
century, 1880 to 1890, somewhere in that time frame. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: They're terrific. They're really bold, they're big.
They're in good condition. At auction they would make somewhere between
$6,000 and $9,000 today. GUEST: All right nice, all right..