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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have an antique Porcelain figurine the my grandfather

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I have an antique Porcelain figurine the my grandfather brought back as a war souvenir from Italy from WW2
I was told that he found it in an Italian Cathedral
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have more photos
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please send me a photo of the marks on the bottom.

You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the marks.

If you cannot get a good photo, then sketch the marks and take a photo of the sketch.

To send photos you may use the "reply to expert" or "add files" in the blue box link on your reply page or the "paper clip" found in the toolbar you see on your reply page.
Please do not send in ZIP format. The jpg or jpeg format works best.

An explanation of this method can be found here:

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I just uploaded more photos
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Let me take more photos
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

I do not accept requests for phone calls. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing.

Besides, you will have an assessment to print out. I did not send you the pop-up.

More photos would be helpful.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are these photos what you are looking for ??
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have this item
I just got this from my mother, who inharrited from my grandmotherI want to know the value
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have an antique Porcelain figurine the my grandfather brought back as a war souvenir from Italy during WW2
I was told that he found it in an church in Italy
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It is aprox 9" tall by 7" wide
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Please know answers are not instantaneous here.

Your piece is early 20thC Royal Vienna Blanc de Chine style. The name Royal Vienna refers collectively to many European Porcelain Factories and Decorating Workshops or Studios that reproduce the original late 18thC early 19thC Royal Vienna style.

The style features neo-classical motifs in mostly Decorative Cabinet or Portrait Plates, Urns, Centerppieces and similar Display pieces.

My research indicates that your figurine would have an estimated retail value of $1600-1900 assuming good condition and depending sale geographic location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

Or your nearest where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

I hope I have helped you.

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