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What Is This? How Do I Know It's Genuine?

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS THIS? HOW DO I KNOW IT'S GENUINE?

Many of you write us asking for more information about how to sell something you have. We appreciate your concerns about the pieces you own. We are always happy to hear from people interested in our expertise, and we read all the email we receive. Please excuse this automated reply to your request to learn how to sell what you have. We're glad you're curious enough to ask further questions and we hope this FAQ is helpful to you.

 

WHAT IF I KNOW LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT ANTIQUES?

Even if you know nothing about art or antiques, there is something you can do on your own that is absolutely guaranteed to increase your ability to understand a piece that you have in your possession.

There are lots of reasons to make the effort to understand what you have:

You'll know how to research value for yourself, instead of taking some expert's word for it, You won't pay a lot of money for a value estimate only to find out later that the information is out of date, You will know how much you can get, and how long it will take to get it, You won't be cheated when you do decide to sell, You may discover other finds now that you know what to look for.

 

WHY SHOULD I BOTHER WITH ALL THIS?

If you want the most money for what you have, and you want that money soon, then take the time to do your own research and sell the item yourself. Experts such as ourselves and most major auction houses (for example Sotheby's and Christie's) occasionally give concise free evaluations and estimates but usually only when determining whether or not to accept consignments (meaning they determine they'll attempt to try to sell something for you for a fee,, and you've agree to let them do so). Once you've consigned a piece, the seller takes a cut of the sale (usually 45% or more). You may have to wait quite awhile for the seller to sell it and to receive payment. With major auction houses, the wait is often as long as a year or more.

 

HOW TO RESEARCH VALUE

Use a checklist. You'll get the most accurate Value Research information if you can eventually answer ALL these questions about what you have, even if you only know 1 thing when you start: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.

Assuming you have some item you want to sell, ask yourself the following questions:

  • WHAT Is This Thing? A chair? A necklace? A pot? A pet?

If you don't know or can't figure out what it is, or what to call it, that's OK too --- you can still research it by its size and what it's made from (metal, wood, plastic, etc.).

If you can figure out what something is made of, even generally, you can start researching value:

  • Is it a metal chair? A wood chair? A plastic chair?
  • Is it a metal necklace? A beaded necklace? A plastic necklace?
  • Is it a metal pot? A clay or ceramic or porcelain pot? A plastic pot?

Ask:  How Could This Thing Be Used?

  • Can you sit on it, or stand on it, or hide under it?
  • Can you wear it or not?
  • Can you cook in it? Can you plant in it? Can you drink from it or is it too big? Does it bounce?

Thinking along these lines, make guesses about:

  • What's this thing used for? (maybe it's just decorative or religious inspiration),
  • Who might use it? and Why use it (for what purpose) and When would it be used?
  • Ask yourself Why would anybody want one?
  • How Does It Work?
  • What does it do?

See if you can find similar things online -- don't worry about what the thing might be called, just research similar things, looking for anything that looks like your Thing. You can look on the Internet (the best place!) or at any library, or bookstore, or in catalogs, or shops.

TRAIN YOURSELF TO NOTICE DETAILS.

The more details you train yourself to notice, the more details you will discern, and you will discover more details that affect value. For example, when you know the difference between green plastic and jade stone, you won't be fooled by a fake green beaded necklace. You know you are getting better at noticing details when you notice things about the everyday objects around that you never noticed before.

 

Good Luck!


We hope this information is helpful to you. Thanks for reading. Merci de votre visite.

 



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