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Describe your item and upload a few good photos of your item. It is important that we receive as much information as possible to give you the most accurate appraisal.
A qualified specialist will look at your item and make all the necessary research. He/she might ask you for additional information, but you will be notified by email.
You appraisal is done and you can now print it. We will securely store a digital copy that you always can retrieve. You can also ask follow up questions if something in the appraisal is not clear.
Whether it is a mahogany cabinet or a Georgian sofa set that you bought at an auction or inherited from your family, appraisal of antique furniture is best done by an expert. At Mearto, professional antique furniture appraisers are ready to help you find the value of your antique furniture. We consider the piece’s age, style, size, origin, and condition in order to determine its value. No matter the type, style or condition your antique pieces, we can provide a fair market value within 48 hours, or even faster (24 hours), if needed.
Below you will a complete guide to determining the value of the furniture. You will also see furniture appraisal examples from our experts. If you would like to submit your own item for review, simply provide some information about your piece with our easy-to-use form. It helps to have as much detail as possible about the condition and history of your item. We also need photographs of the furniture on a neutral background and from numerous angles.
After your piece has been appraised, we can also put you in contact with local auction houses that may be interested in taking it on consignment. They can help you reach the widest audience - advertising your furniture to hundreds or even thousands of potential buyers - and get the highest price for your piece. Click the "Start Appraisal" button below to get started!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Click the button below to get started!
How much is your antique furniture worth? Do you need an expert eye to give you an appraisal of your antique furniture’s market value? Whether it is a mahogany cabinet or a Georgian sofa set that you bought at an auction or inherited from your family, the value assessment of antique furniture is best done by a specialist. At Mearto we find antique furniture appraisers to give you the best offer. Specialists consider the piece’s age, style, size, origin and condition in order to determine its estimate and reserve price. No matter the type, style or condition your antique pieces, we will put you in contact with interested parties who will provide you with the accurate market value.
No! We will only appraise your antique furniture but can help you find the right auction house to sell your antique furniture
No! Our pricing model is very transparent - $15 to assign an expert to review your antique furniture
We guarantee your antique furniture appraisal within 48 hours on weekdays, but most often it is faster.
Our antique furniture experts are here to help you and they will happily answer your questions about the value of rare antique furniture
We offer you the chance to get an expert to review your antique furniture online for only $15 - they use the different databases to locate the value and look at recent auction results
You then have an experts opinion on the value of your rare antique furniture and a description from an expert