JAPANESE PRINT APPRAISALS – FREE
- We can do a free Japanese woodblock print appraisal of your Japanese prints.
- You will get the value of your prints and artworks. (You will find in which market and location you will get the most money for your assets.)
- Our main appraiser, Anders Rikardson, was appointed an authorized appraiser of Oriental Art in 1982 by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. 1977 to 1982 he worked as a junior appraiser. Rikardson has more then 40 years of professional international experience with Japanese Prints and Japanese Art, as an expert consultant, dealer and an appraiser.
Rikardson has been doing professional appraisals and evaluations of collections and estates on five continents. Appraised Japanese print collections and individual items, as well as given expert advice to collectors, main museums around the world, international auction houses, law enforcement agencies, tax authorities, law firms, NPOs, expert witness in trials and in arbitration proceedings.
- For a free Japanese art appraisal, send us an email or use the contact form below!
- We also do formal appraisals for insurance, tax and/or estate division purposes.
- All appraisals are strictly confidential.
- If you intend to sell your woodblock prints and are not sure about the value. You have already received an appraisal or valuation, you think you have assets of some value, you should always get a second opinion appraisal. If the person/gallery/auction would like you to sell or consign the items to them, act as your broker or otherwise control the sale of the items, you should always get a second opinion estimate of the value. If your prints is a considerable asset it is very wise to have them valued every few years.
Read below the "appraisal form" about "Advanced Appraisals"
"Appraisal Check List for Large Collections".
Important: Japanese print appraisal and valuation check list.
- Contact us with a short email. (If you can, email us a few sample images, otherwise proceed to step 2.)
- Make a short descriptive list of the Japanese prints.
- If known: Please state the provenance of the prints, who owned them, how they were acquired. Please mention so on the above list.
- Photograph the items. If possible, but not necessary, try to photograph a detail and also the back of the print - If you have framed prints. Try natural daylight but an area free of direct sunlight. Photograph without flash, try to avoid reflections in the glass.
- If you photograph with a digital camera you can burn a CD or DVD, or you can send paper images, if you so prefer. (*). You can also upload the images to us, please contact us for details
- Enclose a copy of your descriptive list with your photos.
- Don't forget to include your name, email and address details.
- You can also email us all of the images, if so we will give you a special email address which can receive huge amount of data.
- If you have a large collection of Japanese prints for appraisal, it is better to have the images of the prints on paper or collected on a CD/DVD, if so it is still avisable to send some samples by email. Please email us your descriptive list and contact details.
- We are located in Japan and will supply the mailing address to you by email.
- We apply USPAP* strictly only to our formal written and payed for appraisals. We will define in the appraisal cover USPAP is used. In informal appraisals such as online appraisals oral appraisals by meeting or by telephone, informal approximate ("ballpark") appraisals and so on USPAP is not strictly used.
- For example an online or an appraisal were we have not been able to see and physically examine the object is not an USPAP appraisal, but a general approximate ("ballpark") valuation based on the information supplied by the client based on the image. On inspection of the actual item there might be a correction of the appraised. Sometimes the revised value can be increased due to merits of the item not apparent in the photograph or revised downwards because of defects not easily distinguishable in the image.
- We can appraise and make an evaluation of whole collections of Japanese art, Japanese woodblock prints and/or individual fine and valuable Japanese prints, paintings and books on location. We can visit you. We travel in East Asia (sometimes Australia) once a month, USA and Europe every second month. We can deliver the appraisal in any format required.
- We have assisted in arbitration proceedings. We have during the last 30 years been asked for expert advice by the 3 "Big" auction houses on matters of authenticity and value of Japanese art.
- We are very experienced as international art appraisers, and we have appraised Japanese artwork on five continents. We have a profound knowledge about market prices around the world. We can do a versatile valuation so you will find were your art is highest valued. There are big price and value differences between regional markets. We are not using auction price guides as the singular tool (as most "appraisers") for appraising the prints, this usually gives very inaccurate values, but a combination of price experiences in various markets, such as gallery retail, art and antique fairs, private retail, public auctions and Japanese private auctions, as well as regional differences in the mentioned markets. The auction price guides by themselves often gives a very inaccurate picture of the true market value of a Japanese print. When dealing with auction companies we can help you to fully understand the pro and cons of the auction business and auction house contracts.
- We can tell you how to understand, the often arbitrary, pre-auction estimates. The hammer price and the buyers premiums in relation to you as a buyer or seller. If you are a seller we can explain how to deal with the auction houses "tactics" to secure your property for sale. How an auctioneer evaluates your Japanese woodblock prints, the pre-sale estimates, the in and outs of contract writing with an auction house. We can advice you on how to maximize your revenue from an auction sale. We have sold and bought tens of thousands of items on our account as well as on behalf of our clients during the last 40 years, with auction houses on five continents such as Christie's, Sotheby's, Bonham's and hundreds of others. If you sell with an auction house they should always offer a reserve price, which should be equal or just below their lower estimate. The reserve should be free of any charges. If they don't go somewhere else. Though bear in mind, for good prints auction is usually not a good alternative.
- Formal appraisals are conducted strictly according to Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP as applied in the EU to non real estate appraisals).
- Informal appraisals and on-line appraisal are done according to what we can discern from the image you sent us. It will give a possible "ball-park" value based on your images/photos. To give a correct appraisal we have to see the actual prints first hand.
- In the appraisal of your Japanese woodblock prints we can make an assessment of restoration and conservation needs, if any, and give an approximate estimate of the possible conservation and restoration costs. We can recommend specialist conservators of Japanese woodblock prints and tell you who will be the best match for the problems of your Japanese prints. It's especially important expensive Ukiyo-e prints are accompanied by a detailed condition report.
- Second opinion appraisals - We do second opinion appraisals. We can review an already made appraisal or valuation for correctness of value. This is especially important if you intend to sell your assets as you might otherwise get much less then the full value for your assets. An informal second opinion can often be done free.
- We will give you a full and exceptionally detailed report (Formal appraisal).
We appraise all sorts of Japanese Prints - Ukiyo-e, Japanese Woodblock Prints, Japanese etchings, Mezzotints and Japanese Lithographs.
Ehon, Illustrated Books, Posters and other Prints as well as Ephemera.