Note! I no longer have the time to undertake valuations. I suggest you use valuemystuff.com. Thank you!
Unless the value of a piece is blindingly obvious, trying to get Chinese works of art and porcelain correctly appraised and valued is nigh on impossible.
The three factors causing this situation are as follows:
1) Too many good fakes around causing uncertainty.
2) Not enough knowledge around to deal with the uncertainties.
3) Too much money & reputation at stake.
It makes sense to get an accurate valuation for a number of reasons:
- You want advice before you buy at auction
- You want to sell your item at auction
- Your insurance company requires an accurate valuation
- For tax reasons
- For inheritance
- You just wish to know more about your items history etc…
Three Simple Steps
- 1 Choose option 1 or option 2 below and click ‘Buy Now’ when you’re ready.
- 2 Email me some photographs of your antique HERE
- 3 Within 24 hours your valuation will be emailed to you. (Depending on the option you choose below)
You have heard the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’. Well that is certainly the case here. There are many online valuation and authentication services much cheaper than the service I offer. But Chinese antiques being what they are, they require the valuer to have in-depth knowledge and up-to-date research material.
I will not undertake any valuation unless I am 100% sure I can deliver each customer a report that I personally stand by. If I cannot value an object due to it being too specialised, I will refund any monies paid and point you in the right direction of someone who can help and that I personally recommend.
It is imperative when looking at Chinese works of art that a correct appraisal is conducted as incorrect information can be very, very costly to you the customer. So, before you pay for an online valuation ask the company or individual providing the service if they guarantee their reports.
Please ensure you email clear photographs of the piece to be valued along with any condition issues and provenance you may have regarding your piece.
Do you own a piece of Chinese porcelain or a Chinese work of art that you would like to know more about?
How old is it? Is it imperial? Where does it come from? How much are similar pieces fetching at auction?
Fact! At least 90% of Chinese porcelain & works of art on offer via online & offline auctions are fake!
How long does authentication take?
I ask for 48 hours but the majority of authentications take no more than an hour or two as most items I see are fairly obvious. But I do sometimes see pieces that are potentially rare & unusual and will obviously require in-depth research. This may take more time – advice will be given on a case by case basis.
Will you tell me how much my piece is worth?
Yes, but first your piece needs to be authenticated before it can be appraised.
Do you authenticate all Chinese pottery & porcelain?
NO – A Thermoluminescence Test is advisable for pottery from the earlier periods.
An expert has already told me my piece is a later copy! What do you advise?
Always get as many opinions as you can as no one really knows it all. An expert can be strong in Chinese works of art and weak in Chinese porcelain, or vice versa.
Examples of Chinese vases sold at auction below:
A gallery of recently sold Chinese antiques on Ebay