Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
That is a Giuseppe Armani Capodimonte figurine called"Girl Afraid of Mouse" :) Made in Florence, Italy in 1980. It's from Gullivers Travels.
They're worth about $200, by the way :)
I'm looking for some advice please. I came across this lovely figurine whilst treasure hunting and noticed the GA initial. I've had a google search and found the same figurine by Giuseppe Armani, with a capodimonte mark and a little plaque on the base with his name on as well as his initial, but the figurine was painted in bright colours.
Mine is painted in much duller colours, I can't find a capodimonte mark and it has a Made in Italy sticker instead of a metal plaque. Is this a real Giuseppe Armani piece I've found please or is it a fake? And ideas of value in pounds sterling please?
There are many fakes out there. If I were you, I would take it to a dealer, who specializes in these things.
This is a very long link article, but it may be helpful to you:
It rings true to what I was trained on when selling capodimonte floral items back in the day...that capodimonte is a style that many artists have used over many generations based on 18th century original works.
To determine value, I would take it to a antique store you trust. My understanding is that a true 18th century original would only be seen in a museum..and 99.9% of what we see in the market are style similars by many, many artists and companies.
Like any other collectables, value can be all over the place, so someone who specializes in the style can give you the best answer. I wish I could be such an expert, but I am no where near.... maybe some day!
Please let us know what you find!
Thank you for your reply and information links. I have saved it all for further reading and future reference. Ive recently entered the world of buying and selling vintage and collectable items and Im really enjoying it. Ive come across capodimonte pieces before and yes it is a vast universe to explore!
Since collecting, buying and selling this type of art I feel sure you already know that it is usually considered (in this field) that over 99% of the items seen are fake but sometimes the fake items are also valuable. Of course, it usually depends on the "artist" that made the fake and since they do not usually sign their name it generally takes an expert to identify the "fake" artist's work.
Thank you for your reply and information I too love researching and learning about things that I find. The collectable universe is mahooosive and quite mind blowing but very enjoyable too.
Im not expecting this piece to be an original at all, I just like to provide as much correct info as possible when I sell something on. Ive been put in touch with a large antique and collectable shop and have emailed them photos so Im just waiting on a response now.
Thank you again for your help
Please share what your expert tells you if you would be so kind!! I love to learn and find the best way to do so, is in judgement free and open sites like this one where there are lots of knowledgeable folks on a variety of topics! Thanks!! Wishing you all the best!!
That sounds interesting, as I said before, "fakes" can be valuable too and should not always be discounted as great works of art. Sometimes artists are better at copying than at starting from scratch but that does not mean they do not have talent.
I understand how you feel about being honest as a seller, it's just too bad more people do not feel this way.
If possible, please let us know about your piece.
Any information I can find from an expert I will most definitely share with you all
Unfortunately, Ive had no response to the email I sent to the antique shop yet. Ive since come across a piece of Japanese pottery too that Id also like to get looked at. I think we may have to spend a day finding antique shops and take the 2 pieces in in person. I dont yet have any trustworthy expert contacts to go to, so several opinions may be in order.
I will keep you informed anyhow
Ive had a response from the antique people.....as suspected it is a replica with very little value in the auction market and a private online sale has been recommended. At least I know how to sell it now
Thank you all so much for all the info you have supplied to me, I have lots of reference now
Happy treasure hunting x
Thanks for the update and for sharing your results! Yes, happy treasure hunting!! It is a fun hobby with so much to learn and enjoy!!!
Thanks for the update - now you know for sure but maybe next time?? I feel sure someone will still pay just to have a replica as we all like things like this but cannot afford the "real" thing.
Happy hunting to you also..
They range from $250 to several thousand dollars. Take it to an appraiser.
Ebay (on 11/25/2018) shows listings for this sculpture at $233 to $300. And a little more information can be found at this link. www.worthpoint.com/
The capodimonte G Armani figurines have mostly kept their value over the years so although their are several listed on eBay and some other sites, this one could still command a decent price.
Thanks for sharing. I know there was a very long, in depth post on Thrifty Fun about this brand a while ago and I am not able to lay my keyboard on it at the moment. I will keep looking.
I will give you the little I know, as there is a bit of buyer beware with the Giuseppe Armani Sculpture world.
Yes, many did, as cybergrannie stated, did hold their value, but the trick is to make sure you have a real one, and not one of the "like ones". This link has a lot of good info:
Yours is lovely and I hope it is real....so you may want to take it to have a professional look at it because even the best experts have a hard time telling from photos.
My concerns are two fold...the paper tag looks black, and I always knew the real ones to have tags that were more of a chocolate brown or cream with gold and black. That could just be a bad color in the photo and it is brown.
My second concern is many of the 1980 versions...which if I zoom on your date right...were more colorized than pure white. Yours has some color to their faces, but not the bodies. Many of the ones we sold back in the 1980s had more color to them, muted color, but color nonetheless. There were some pure white, but this one just does not feel right to me.
I hope I am proven wrong....it has been well over 25 years since I sold them when they were popular items at the high end Hallmark shops and memories fade!
Please post back what you learn from an expert. Most reputable antique dealers should be able to help you...call first to make sure they have a ceramic/porcelain/bisque expert when you go!
Thanks for sharing!
I have a Giuseppe Armani Capodimonte figurine of a girl holding ducks. Is this worth restoring and cleaning up?
Can someone help me find out the value of these figurines? My friend wants to sell them, but doesn't know where to start.
Figurines range from $25-$50 on eBay.
I would put a search on eBay, describe you item under figurines, you will find what similar items are priced at and might even find one exactly like yours.
If you could tell us who they are made by or if there are making on the stand this would also help to determine the price of them. As it stands right now we can only give you an idea of what other's are selling them online. If you look on eBay they normally start around $5 all the way to $50.