How To Tell If A Chinese Vase Is Valuable

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So how do you tell if a Chinese vase is valuable?

You cant really! Unless you have years of experience buying, selling, studying & collecting. There are just way too many factors to be taken into consideration such as:

  • Age
  • Decoration
  • Period
  • Artist
  • Palette
  • Shape
  • What Kiln

The list goes on.

Another factor to take into consideration is the fact that there is no price discovery mechanism when it comes to Chinese antique porcelain, meaning a vase may sell today for $1000 but a month later that same or similar vase could sell for $5000 or even $10,000 so its virtually impossible to put an accurate price on a piece in a market so erratic.

The best one can do is take into account the overall rarity of the piece, the shape, period and decoration and base your valuation on recent auction records.

When the word Ming vase is mentioned to the general public most will automatically think of something worth millions but this is not necessarily the case, a non imperial (Minyao) genuine Ming period vase can be picked up for as little as $100, whereas a genuine imperial Ming vase could be worth many millions depending on the period & decoration.

If you have a piece of Chinese or Oriental porcelain and your not sure of its age or value then you should really consider using our Chinese Antique Valuation Service as the last thing you want to do is risk under selling the piece due to lack of knowledge or ill gotten advice.

See examples of Chinese vases sold at auction below:

If you have a piece of Chinese or Oriental porcelain and your not sure of its age or value then you should really consider using our Chinese Antique Valuation Service as the last thing you want to do is risk under selling the piece due to lack of knowledge or ill gotten advice.