A painting titled "The Hour of Prayer" left its owner speechless, when it was appraised for between $30,000 and $50,000 during Monday's episode of the popular PBS series "Antiques Roadshow."

The show, seen on KOED Channel 11 in Tulsa, was the second of three episodes that were made from the footage shot when the "Antiques Roadshow" crew spent a day in April 2018 at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

"The Hour of Prayer" by the Austrian artist Charles Wilda is a painting depicting a man in robes and turban, his face tilted toward the sky.

Wilda was part of the movement known as "Orientalism," which dealt with subject matter from the Middle and Far East. David Weiss, who did the on-air appraisal, said the painting is a "great example of Orientalist art," and said that a resurgence in interest in this kind of art would account his assessment that it would sell for between $30,000 and $50,000.

"Wow," was about all the woman who brought the painting to Philbrook could say.

Another item brought for appraisal that approached the amount was a ceramic vase and platter made near the turn of the 20th century in China. These were valued at between $15,000 to $25,000, and if the owner had brought in the other vase in the set, the price could have gone as high as $30,000 to $50,000.

"Well, I will start taking better care of them," the owner said, laughing.

Another painting, which the artist, Charles T. Bowling, priced at $35 on the back on the image, was valued at $25,000.

Among the other items featured on this episode were a bronze school bell, a vintage Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, a cap woven of pine needles, protest posters made to encourage Harvard University students to strike in the late 1960s, and a ceremonial combination tomahawk and pipe that had been presented by Sitting Bull to the Secretary of the Interior under President James A. Garfield. This last piece was valued at $12,500 because of its historic significance.

This episode is streaming online at pbs.org and will be re-broadcast at 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, on KOED Channel 11. The final Tulsa-shot "Antiques Roadshow" will air at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22.

James D. Watts Jr.



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