New online valuation service

By Rosanna Holmes,
16th April 2010 - 14:43
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New website offers speedy valuations

As you no doubt know, BBC Homes & Antiques offers an exclusive valuation service from the Antiques Roadshow experts in the magazine every month, but if you’re in a hurry, new website could be the solution.
Founded by Patrick van der Vorst, a former Sotheby’s director, the site has a team of 20 experts lined up to answer your antiques and collectables queries. The valuers, with backgrounds working at the country’s top auction houses, specialise in everything from ceramics and sports memorabilia to classic cars and stamps.
All you have to do is upload a photo of your item, along with any hallmarks and makers marks, and supply as many details as you can about it. It will then be sent to one of the experts and you will receive an answer within 48 hours. Prices start at £3.99.
We couldn’t resist giving it a try and sent a painting by Picart le Doux of a figure seated beneath a tree for valuation. We received the following response:

‘Jean Picart le Doux (FRENCH, 1902-1982)
French born Picart le Doux exhibited widely in his own country, both in Paris and provincially, as well as internationally in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. Though he painted many figurative and floral subjects, landscape subjects such as this one do show the influence of French Impressionists such as Cezanne and, though most are naturally offered for sale on the continent, an example like this should be worth around £1,000.’
The site also has videos with helpful guides on antiques, such as collecting Chinese ivory and how to inspect an old master painting, plus blogs and new stories.