Value of a Japanese Tea Set?

My great aunt brought this back in the early 1900s from overseas. I would love to find out mark information, maker, and value! The set has teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, plates, saucers, and teacups - 4 place settings.


A plate, creamer and sugar bowl are pictured; the rest is packed up.

Thank you.

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October 7, 20181 found this helpful

I have seen all different prices on eBay. I would take it to a dealer for a verbal estimate

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October 8, 20181 found this helpful

There are many, many, many marks for Japanese pieces like these so I recommend talking to a professional to get these appraised. They are really lovely. See if you can find someone who specializes in oriental works. This site may help you find someone:

I searched eBay and a few of the other sites I frequent to see if there was a like set and nothing came up. Looking at SOLD auctions of exact pieces is the only way to give you current market value--which means what someone is actually willing to pay for an item. Items have no value until someone is willing to pay for them. That is just a sad fact of today's economy.

When getting an appraisal always ask for insurance and retail values as the retail is usually lower than insurance.

Selling pieces like this online are very, very challenging as they are so fragile and if you don't package them carefully (and sometimes even if you do) they end up smushed and in a million pieces. I have had it happen WAY too often.

You would be best selling to an antique dealer or direct sale--like through Facebook marketplace or such a site. Either way, you will not net the full value because antique dealers take a cut (or pay out less than retail) and those on the public market sites are always after a bargain and even with an appraisal most people will ask for "your best price".

Knowing the antique retail value gives you negotiating power, but I know from experience you will have to settle for much less than the value unless you are brave and try selling it on line.

If you do the online sales, maybe consider having it professionally packaged and charge the buyer for the full amount (but I will tell you most will balk and fuss big time about that as everyone wants to pay less for things.

It is possible one of the other folks on this site knows more about the marks than I do....Good luck and thanks for sharing these stunning pieces!!

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October 8, 20181 found this helpful

thanks again for all you great advice!! it is greatly appreciated. i dont think im going to sell as of now but will remember what u said if n when i do. i do really want to find out the value and its history thank you krista

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October 8, 20181 found this helpful

You have some lovely pieces you have been posting! Keep them coming and let me know the outcomes!

Every market is different, and I like to hear what things are like in other parts of the country!

Thanks again for sharing!!

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