By Walt Kolenda

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What's it Worth? Appraisal for modern Jade sculpture

 Lisa asks:

 

 

I purchased this beautiful jade carving (the bottom could be serpentine or another mineral) from an estate sale. I’m having a great deal of difficulty getting it appraised. I own a retail store specializing in beads, one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry and mineral specimens. I am confident this is genuine rock, not resin or plastic.

I’m attaching some photos—-I need to take a photo of the bottom (the pieces come apart), but I don’t think there is any writing or symbols on either piece.
The top carving appears to be 3 bats in a pumpkin patch.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

 


AW says: Hello Lisa, thanks for your appraisal request. Your carving is a jade statue, although it’s very nice, it is made with machine assisted tools which puts it in the modern era for this kind of item.

It still has a value, but as there is a lot of this type of product coming out of Asia, it’s not nearly as valuable as the antique jade items which are commanding top dollar.


Date range:
1950-to present


Retail value:
$125-$175
(top price)

Wholesale value: $45-$60
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $25
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Jade, Asian, statue,

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

On occasion I’ve had readers ask for the contact information for the owners of items I’ve appraised here.
If you are interested in an item which was appraised here, state so in the comment section and leave your email address if you wish to be contacted by the owner of the item. I do not give out client emails.

If you’ve had your item appraised here, you may want to check back to see if anyone has expressed interest in it via the comment section.

Care and storage tips: Real Jade and organic stones will be cold to the touch, plastics and resins will be warm or room temperature.