Ceramic, Pottery and Porcelain appraisal

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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Have you recently inherited or purchased a ceramic or porcelain item and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of ceramics and porcelain as well as china appraisal and pottery appraisal. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your ceramic or porcelain item. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours.

Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your ceramic or porcelain item? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

What is the difference between ceramics and porcelain?

Ceramics and porcelain are both types of objects made from clay, but they have distinct differences. Ceramic is a more general term for pieces made of natural clay mixed with various materials and water, shaped, decorated, glazed, and hardened by heat. Porcelain, however, is a specific type of ceramic made from white clay fired at high temperatures. Porcelain has a smooth surface and translucence, allowing light to pass through, and produces a bell-like sound when gently tapped. It originated in China in the 1300s.

What do appraisers look for in ceramics and porcelain?

  • Identifying Marks or Seals: These indicate the origin, date, specific artist, or kiln. They are crucial for determining authenticity due to a robust counterfeit market.
  • Documentation: A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or purchase receipts help in appraisal.
  • Condition: Chips, cracks, crazing, repairs, or restorations significantly affect value.
  • Authenticity: Marks or seals are important indications of authenticity.
  • Condition: Items in perfect condition are more valuable, but signs of age can add authenticity.
  • History: Provenance or links to notable personalities enhance value.

What makes ceramics and porcelain desirable to collectors?

Antique ceramics, especially Chinese and Asian ceramics, are sought-after for their craftsmanship, detail, and artistic value. Some Chinese ceramics are valued in the millions at auctions. Identifying valuable vintage ceramics can be profitable, especially for enthusiasts and collectors.

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I received a response and information regarding my items in less than 48 hours, which I appreciated. The appraiser was very knowledgable.

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