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Grace

Specialist in paintings and sculptures

"I was educated at Sotheby's and spent some time working as a researcher for Christie's, so I know what the world's leading auction houses are looking for and can determine the fair market value of your item, based on current demand. Mearto is unique because - after we appraise your item - we can also help you sell it through one of our auction house partners."

- Grace

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This is how it works

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Upload photos and describe your item

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.

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A qualified specialist will appraise your item

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.

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Ask follow up questions or print the appraisal

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.

What is my Antiques & curio worth

Where can I get an antique appraisal? And find the value of my antiques? 

Antiques are highly collectible items, typically of a certain age. Though the two words are often used interchangeably, curio refers to items of curiosity, which may or may not be old. These items tend to be small and are often displayed in curio cabinets. The market has shifted in recent years so that antique and curio items are not quite as valuable as they have been in decades past. Collectors now prefer to decorate their homes in a more contemporary style. However, there is a trend for mixing the old and the new, and the demand for truly outstanding antiques and curio remains strong. In 2017, Christie's set a record for English walnut furniture when they auctioned a gorgeous bureau cabinet made in 1730 for nearly $1 million. Online antique appraisals will delivered to you within 24-48 hours and always provided by an experienced antique appraiser.

Do you need an antique appraisal? If you want to know how much your antiques and curio would sell for at auction today, you've come to the right place! At Mearto, we are experts in antique appraisals. We compare your item with similar items that have recently sold to provide you with its fair market value. Our experts know antiques and curio inside and out and are able to provide you with an estimate within 48 hours. All you have to do is tell us about your piece and submit photographs using our simple online tool. The antique appraisal will be ready within 24-48 hours. Would you like to sell your antiques and curio items? We can help with that, as well. We partner with some of the world's leading auction houses and can help you receive multiple consignment offers with just the click of one button. Our experts provide advice and support every step of the way. Go ahead and submit your item for an antique appraisal now.

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How old does something have to be to be considered an antique?

Typically, an antique is any object that is at least 100 years old. However, this range of time is not definitive, as the value of the item has more weight than its actual age. Experts suggest that antiques must be perceived of having value due to historical and aesthetic reasons. For example, the item was used by a well-known historical person or has a history that is in line with a major historical event. Other factors that can add value to an antique object include its condition and rarity. It is also worth pointing out that antique items are those that exhibit some level of craftsmanship. This level of craftsmanship can directly affect the item’s rarity. US Customs is very particular about how the term 'antique' is used. According to the official definition, the item should not have been restored, or restored by less than 50% in order to be considered antique. This is to ensure that the original character and heritage of the item is preserved even after the restoration process.

 

What should I look for when buying antiques and curio?

Shopping for antiques and curio, also known as 'antiquing' can be a very rewarding hobby, from both an emotional and financial perspective. There is an adrenaline rush that comes with making a big discovery at your local flea market or at a neighborhood garage sale. Bargains can also be found these days at antique dealer galleries and auction houses. The trick is knowing what to look for in an antique item. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 

  • Educate yourself. This is the most important thing you need to know when you engage in the trade of antiques. Make sure that you know the history of the particular object that you are eyeing. If you have limited knowledge about its history, you won’t be able to assess the significance of the item, and therefore it's value. How can you educate yourself about antiques? Read! There are numerous books and magazines on the topic of antique collecting. Here are a few resources that we recommend: Antiques Trade Gazette, Art & Antiques, Homes & Antiques.
  • Shop or sell from reputable shops online. The local antique shop is still a good option for those looking to buy antiques. However, most of the buyers are now opting to go online as they can find more options available (without geographic limitations). Just be careful where you buy or sell - make sure that the shop is reputable and that they are properly certified. 
  • Hire an online appraiser. It is also important to work with a certified antique appraiser online. Not only to determine the fair market value of your item, but also to help you navigate the crazy world of antique buying and selling. You can leverage the knowledge and expertise of the appraiser to help you determine if an item is truly antique or authentic. 

Antiquities appraisals cover art and daily objects of ancient civilizations from Western Europe to Ancient China, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia and Mesopotamia. Pottery amphoras, glass bottles, marble, bronze, gold and stone artifacts are widely sought after by collectors since centuries. Whether you have found an ancient object, bought it or inherited it, finding a market for antiquities and determining their value can be confusing. Mearto helps you find antiquities appraisal and get the best valuation for your objects. We put you in contact with appraisal experts who make an assessment of the market value considering every little aspect of ancient art and antiquities. We make hundreds of antique appraisals and valuations every month. You can learn from other appraisal or figure out what your own antiques are worth by submitting your item here.

Antiques & curio FAQ

If I submit antiques for an appraisal, am I obligated to sell the antiques?

No! We will only appraise your antiques but can help you find the right auction house to sell your antiques

Are there any hidden costs or fees with an online antique appraisal?

No! Our pricing model is very transparent - $15 to assign an expert to review your antique collection

When will I get my online antique appraisal?

We guarantee your antique appraisal within 48 hours on weekdays, but most often it is faster.

Can I ask the specialist a question about the value of my antiques?

Our antique experts are here to help you and they will happily answer your questions about the value of your antiques

Can you appraise any antiques?

Yes, we offer you the chance to get an expert to review your antiques online for only $15 - they use the different databases to locate the value and look at recent auction results

What happens after I receive the antique appraisal?

You then have an experts opinion on the value of your antiques and a description from an expert