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Bisque statue, teacup collection, Singer sewing machine

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January 6th, 2017
Bisque statue and teacup collection

Q: I am interested in finding out the value [of this bisque statue] and how I would go about selling it. I also have it on a marble stand that is probably as old as the statue.  —Donna 

A: This is truly a beautiful piece. Bisque statues and busts are not very popular in our markets today. This piece would be the exception. Paul Dubay (1830–1887), a French artist, was really ahead of his time in technique and color. His female busts are excellent and bring a nice value in the global auction market. This piece would bring somewhere between $1,200–$1,800.

Q: These photos of a teacup collection were sent by Tom but with no message. I assume he wants to know something about the cups. —Carolyn Remmey 

A: Porcelain and bone china teacups were the rage of collectors up until the mid-1990s. It was a great pastime and a great souvenir from a vacation destination. Some of the finest made are from England and, of course, Shelley, from Ireland. The value used to be in the hundreds of dollars. In today’s market, there is less interest. The value is about ten cents on the dollar, or $10–$25 each.     

Q: Could you please appraise this?  —Freda 

A: The Singer sewing machine and cabinet is very hard to sell in the current market. They are actually wonderful pedal machines but outdated compared to the new digital machines and not as fashionable as they once were. I would advise you to try selling in a local newspaper, garage sale, or online market like craigslist.org.


Ask the expert

Carolyn Remmey is the principal appraiser of Remmey Antiques & Fine Art, an international appraisal, personal property consulting, and brokerage firm. She is a lecturer and writer as well as an expert on downsizing, estate sales, and auctioneering. Remmey has been a participating appraiser on The Antiques Roadshow and the History Channel and is a member of the Appraisal Association of America.  

Do you have a family heirloom or special keepsake you think has value? Please send your inquiries with photos (photos cannot be returned due to the time limitations of the staff) to Remmey Antiques & Fine Art, P.O. Box 197, New Vernon, N.J. 07976, or email remmey@remmeyappraisers.com.  

Please note: Because of the high volume of inquiries, only a few will be selected for publication each month.

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