What's It Worth? The Myths Of Ming

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For almost 300 years, the long-lived Ming Dynasty – the last dynasty ruled by the Han people – excelled at foreign trade, and is well-known for its incredible porcelain. Not so well-known – millions of Ming Dynasty porcelain items were manufactured not just for trade but for everyday use as well. So if you have the oft-cited Ming vase, it might not be valuable at all. (In our business, when someone says, “I have a vase for sale,” we know we have a shot at buying it. When they say, “I have acquired a vahz,” we know it is probably overvalued by the owner.) In short? “Ming” means old – but it does not always mean valuable. We have sold authentic Ming Dynasty porcelain for as little as $50 (this was a small, chipped, plain piece made for everyday use). We have sold scores of others for $100 to $500. But our record price for Ming so far in St. Pete was about eight years ago – when we sold a large blue and white 16th-century (late for Ming) charger plate for $11,000 on our online auction platform, LiveAuctioneers.com. Plain, later, smaller Ming pieces will not make you wealthy. Large, earlier colorful pieces in mint condition, or made for This Ming plum the ruling class, can indeed bring tens if not vase sold at auction for hundreds of thousands. We are strong buyers of Chinese art and collectibles of any kind – especially fine porcelain, jade, sculpture, decorative items and scientific instruments. Three former Sothebys.com associates and two art historians on staff. Call or email us if you want to deal with Tampa Bay’s leading auctioneer. We have sold the contents of museums and collections for USF. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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