If you have a piece of Chinese art that you'd like to get appraised, try Value My Stuff. Whether it's a Chinese jade carving that's been passed down as a family heirloom or a Chinese vase that you found at a car boot sale, we will provide an honest expert opinion and you might be delighted to discover that your item is worth even more than you thought! Chinese art appraisal service can also be used to get a third-party opinion before purchasing an item. Send us your photographs before you decide on buying an antique piece, so we can offer you our independent opinion which will help you to ensure that the price you pay is a reasonable one.
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We have three dedicated specialists within this field of expertise. Our first expert was formerly a director of Christie's and ran the Oriental Department at Christie's South Kensington from 1976 to 1990, when he left to set up his own Asian antiques business. Our second specialist was a senior director of Sotheby’s for over twenty years, with interests in a wide range of Works of Art and with overall responsibility for that company’s salerooms in Paris, Milan and Zurich. Our third expert has been specialising in decorative arts for a very long time and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has obtained a PhD in History of Art and has been in the business for forty years.
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The arts trade market is performing strongly, meaning that the result of your Chinese art appraisal might be that an item is worth even more than you thought. In 2009, an 18th-century Chinese jade carving of a buffalo was sold by auction house Woolley & Wallis for $6.6 million, breaking the world record for jade at auction. In the past, ceramics - especially items from China, - were imported to the West in massive numbers, explaining why there are so many items in Europe today and they still sell for high amounts at auction. At a recent Bonhams sale, a Ming jar sold for $1.8 million and at a Christie's auction in 2005, a jar from the Yuan Dynasty fetched an astonishing $30 million.
If you've ever watched television programmes such as Antiques Roadshow, Cash in the Attic or Bargain Hunt, you'll have seen some amazing stories of items being worth far more than their owners expected. In 2009, a collection of four carved jade items, including an emperor's bowl from the Qianlong Dynasty (1736-1795), fetched the first $1 million appraisal for the US version of Antiques Roadshow. The collection had been brought to the US by the owner's father, who had purchased the items while stationed in China in the 1930s and 40s.
There are a number of factors to consider when getting a piece of Chinese art appraised. These include the condition and age of a piece, the material from which it is made and how rare it is. The subject matter and the actual rarity of an object's shape can also be important and this should be considered when deciding whether to buy or sell, as value can vary with fashion. These don't necessarily reflect the age of the piece, as later copies often pay tribute to previous dynasties and artists. While pieces are usually dated with dynasty names, the combination of factors influencing an item's value usually make it useful to get an expert's opinion for an accurate estimate. Chinese art appraisals from Value My Stuff are easy, fast and completely confidential.
By getting a Chinese art appraisal from Value My Stuff, you will receive an independent opinion before buying or selling an item at auction, to a dealer or privately. The Chinese art appraisal may also be used for insurance purposes (subject to your insurer accepting such certificates) or simply to satisfy your own curiosity!
Getting a Chinese art appraisal is easy with Value My Stuff. Simply upload a photograph of the item and also of any marks and tell us anything else you might know about the item. Within 48 hours, our Chinese art appraiser will send you a complete report, letting you know how much the item is worth. We'll also provide a unique web certificate that can be used in eBay listings or on other internet selling platforms.
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