ASSESSING THE VALUE OF AN ANTIQUES OBJECT
When you buy antiques it is important to know whether that piece is in original condition or actually they are making a fool of you.
If you are not experienced or trained about that piece it might not be easy to identify. A brief knowledge of history, book or catalogue can be extremely useful. Buying from a reputable dealer is also a big advantage.
You should know the date of production as it might be a later copy of circa 1930s. Many eighteenth century objects like cut glass, Old Sheffied Plate, Chippindale chairs and lacquer work were popular at all these periods and the price will be different in each case.It is important to recognise styles and when they were revived and books can be useful.
Objects will be popular in their country of production. French furniture will be more popular in France, Iznik porcelain will be more popular in Turkey, etc. If the piece has a famous designer or maker, value of it will be much higher than the ones with no name.
Even the material is important with pieces made from like ivory, tortoiseshell. Real ivory is heavy, feeks very cold when placed against the cheek and cut edges are quite sharp. And selling an ivory dating after 1947 is restricted with laws as elephants are protected. When you buy diamond jewellery some of the stones might be replaced by glasses so check the stone like putting into your cheek as you can feel the coldness of stone.
Also it is important to remember that damage is damage and any replacement or damage will always lower the value of the piece.
What are the main factors valuing the price ?
- Documented provenance
- Dated object
- Signature or maker’s mark
- Interest in the market
- Attractiveness of the piece
Where to look to have an idea about the value of a piece ?
-Local or national museum
-Miller’s Collectable Book or a price guide
-Contacting with B.A.D.A or L.A.P.A.D.A
-Local saleroom or one of the auction houses