Valuations by photograph…
A client sent in an image of a glass vase as she described “that her mother kept her cotton wool balls in, the bathroom.” After appraising the photograph, it was clear that the vase was in fact a 1920s/30s Rennie Lalique opalescent vase in very good condition and might achieve between £600 and £800 at auction.
The client was surprised and delighted to hear that her vase may be worth so much. It was placed for sale in one of our Antique and Decorator’s Sales where it generated a huge amount of interest with requests from America, Italy, the Netherlands and all across Britain for photographs and condition reports. On the day, all our phone lines were fully booked with extra staff on mobile phones and the lot was fiercely contested, reaching a hammer price of £1,400. When the client was contact the following week, there were great cries of excitement and delight. It was then decided the money would be spent on a memorable family holiday to America.
Often digital images are a great and easy way for clients, either in Edinburgh or further afield, to find out what their article may be, it’s history and value. This service is always free and over the last ten years many wonderful, unusual and valuable things have been uncovered, from kitchen cupboards, outhouses and attics. Our friendly staff are always on hand to give advice and help whether it is one item or twenty. Selling through auction is an easy and stress free way to reach as large a market as is possible these days, with the aid of the internet. With twenty years experience in the antiques trade, we have seen most things from mummified parrots, three carat diamond rings, Steinway pianos, Zeigler carpets, silver wine funnels and paintings by L S Lowry to Scottish Colourists.
If you would like to have an item valued please send your images and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll feature it here.
Article written by Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers and Valuers