What’s it Worth?
Royal Crown Derby Imari Porcelain China
Generally speaking, the value of china is not what most downsizers would want it to be. It’s always difficult to let people know that the treasured place settings of so many family meals have very little resale value. Like many similar collections, there is currently a glut in the market and not many people want to buy fine china today.
However, the gorgeous black and gold pattern we noticed at a client’s home recently really caught our eye. We asked Chris Lancette of Orion’s Attic to weigh in on what it could be worth.
A Notable Exception
“I usually preface any response to questions about the value of china with one of the great many polite strings of words I use to convey that china isn’t worth much today, says Lancette. “There are some exceptions to the rule, though. The Royal Crown Derby china Anna showed me today is one of the exceptions to the rule!”
Chris explains that this colorful china has several things going for it. The general style of it is known as Imari – which takes its name from a Japanese port that started shipping porcelain to the West in the late 1600s. While these pieces are not that old, it was made by the Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company of Derby, England. The company is considered either the oldest or second oldest porcelain company still operating in the United Kingdom.
Chris estimates that the china in these photos likely dates back to the 1920s to 1930s. “The dinner plate with a pattern featuring what I loosely call double diamonds is particularly popular today. People still want it.”
So, What’s it Worth?
Chris notes that if he had been hired as an appraiser to put a replacement value or insurance value on this pattern, he would assign each dinner plate a value of $100 to $125. “If an owner asked me to make an offer on it as a dealer, I would explain that we typically sell plates like this in our eBay store at fixed (not auction) prices of about $60 to $80 – winding up with about $52 to $68 after eBay and other fees. To make it worth my time and effort to buy, sell, pack and ship, I could offer approximately $30 to $40.” A cup and saucer set, meanwhile, can often net about $40 or more.
Someone fortunate enough to own an entire set of Royal Crown Derby Imari china with place settings for four to eight people could be dining on a collection worth a few thousand dollars!
Ask the right questions.
We recommend consulting with an individual or company with experience evaluating art, furniture and collections at the beginning of any downsizing project. While it may be harder to find a market for many household goods these days, there are always exceptions to the rule.
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