Quick and affordable online appraisals of furniture

Communicate directly with a qualified furniture specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.
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Quick and affordable online appraisals of furniture

Communicate directly with a qualified furniture specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

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How much is antique furniture worth?

How is the value of antique furniture determined?

Aside from its age and authenticity, one of the most important factor's to consider is the furniture's condition. Because furniture serves both an ornamental and a functional purpose, most pieces needed to be repaired or re-upholstered over centuries of use. Preservation with respect for original materials usually indicates a higher value. Another very important consideration is the quality of the piece. How fine is the work and how rare would it have been for the time period in which it was created? As a final step, we can often identify the workshop or master who created a piece of furniture. Some are more in demand than others. 

What do experts look for in antique furniture?

The first thng we look at when we appraise antique furniture is the style and material used. This is to assign a date to the piece. We also look for defects. For example, we often see that a piece of period furniture has a nice front, but that there are a lot of mistakes on the reverse side, which faces the wall. We ask ourselves questions like: are the drawers properly constructed, or is there hardware, like screws, present which is not period-appropriate? Then, of course, we have a look at the overall condition to see if the piece was used. In certain instances, this can point to a forgery or marriage (later combination of original and newer parts). For example, no polished areas under the drawer would be a clue that the furniture, or at least parts of the furniture, are not original.   

Is antique furniture valuable?

The world's most expensive piece of antique furniture was sold in 2004 for the massive sum of $36.7 million.

The ornate piece is known as the badminton cabinet and is inlaid with precious stones. It was sold by the 3rd Duke of Beaufort's descendants and now resides in the Liechtenstein Museum. The second highest price was paid in 2009, when Christie's auctioned a leather and wood "Dragon's Chair" for approximately $26.6 million. The chair was designed by Eileen Gray and once owned by Yves St. Laurent, underlining the impact provenance can have on the value of antique furniture. Though not every piece is going to fetch an eight-figure price - and, in fact, most don't - there is certainly a demand for high-quality pieces with interesting history.

What antique furniture is currently selling?

Antique furniture is one of the segments of the art market which fell in price in the last years. Currently, the market is focused on high-class pieces or pieces which are directly connected to a known person or provenance. Reproductions from the second half of the 19th century have flooded the market and are of such high quality that they can easily be confused for an original. However, their value is usually significantly lower, so it's important to know whether you have an original or a reproduction if you want to know the value of your antique furniture. 

How easy is it to appraise antique furniture online?

Antique furniture is one of the more straightforward items that we appraise. By providing a thorough description and some detailed images of your piece, our experts can provide a reliable online appraisal within 48 hours. Because antique furniture can be extremely heavy and difficult to transport, an online appraisal from Mearto makes it easier to know the value of your antique furniture without having to move it or pay for an appraiser to visit your home.

Leah Illingsworth

Leah Illingworth is a content specialist here at Mearto. She loves learning and writing about art and each day in addition to exploring the history and stories behind art movements and objects.

Where can I sell my furniture?

We offer opportunities to sell your appraised items on the Mearto Marketplace. Our specialists can help you set an appropriate asking price, which results in more serious offers from potential buyers. There are no listing fees and you pay only a small transaction fee when your item sells.

Customers with items valued over $5000 can also take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service and receive offers from auction houses all over the world.

Ready to get started? Submit your item for an online appraisal to find out how much it’s worth and we will help you from there!

Examples of online appraisals

Rebecca Bust / Sculpture

Est. $3000 - $7000

Pink Mid-Century Venetian Glass Bottles with Stoppers

Est. $800 - $1,200

Vintage Pink Cameo Ring

Est. $3000 - $7000

Pierre Bonnard Lithograph

Est. $50 - $200

Antique French Clock

Est. $4,500 - $5,500

Oil On Canvas By Maqbool Fida Hussein

Est. $140,000 - $150,000

We evaluate items from 50+ categories.


If it can be sold at auction, Mearto can provide an online appraisal.

From fine art to furniture, antique firearms, jewelry and more, our specialists apply unparalleled knowledge and expertise to provide a fair market valuation and answer any questions you may have about your item.