posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 09:25 AM
Skyfloating..I sent you the message.
My friend, the antiques dealer and author, is back from China and talking to me right now!!
He is such a character.
Needless to say, here is his take on your object.
This is an Islamic temple urn used for flowers/branches/incense and is pictured upside down.
Estimation is from the Viceroy era; after the Moors invaded Spain, world travel ensued.
This piece would have belonged to a Don or an officer of higher ranking.
He is saying the 1600's.
Approximate value: $20-$30 thousand.
There is one TL lab in this country that can test it correctly. The Daylight Labs in Seattle. They will drill a couple of small holes from the
inside and do the
thermo/radiation on it. One must physically take their piece in question to them.
I'm getting the information on this lab this afternoon and will post accordingly.
Interesting that it is Islamic; after all of the research and speculation!!
Hope this helps!!