Art appraisal, evaluation, research.

Can anyone suggest a site to evaluate, research, and even appraise  a piece of art?  I got a nice interesting vase from the friend recently diseased.  Would like to find more information about it.
Any suggestions appreciated.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
find out the artists signature and also if it has a serial number
Tiras25Author Commented:
no signatures nor any numbers.  looks like a good reproduction.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
If you like it then set your own value on it. I have an English sovereign coin that the 'value' to a collector is far less than the value it is to me. Without a history and a provenance the 'value' to others may be minimal. Your friend may have been into ceramics or a friend of hers and made it from a commonly available mold.
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The first thing I would do is research the item as much as I could so that I had a very rough idea of potential value before asking a professional to assess and value it.  I would take a photo of it and then do an image search using the following methods:

If any matching images are found hosted on any websites you would then know how the vase is being described.  If any of the sites are past auctions or other sites that collectibles are sold though you might get a rough idea of the potential value.

Quite a number of years ago I was very surprised by the number of people who made a very good living selling expensive china and pottery internationally through eBay.  I was pretty broke and needed some clothes.  An eBay seller about 10 miles away from me was selling a few pairs of unworn jeans that I bid for.  I arranged to go and pick them up and found that the seller's home was packed with display cases of Clarice Cliff, William Moorcroft, Meissenware, Minton, Royal Doulton, Lalique, and other fine antiques and collectibles.  In speaking with the seller I discovered that he had given up a very highly paid job as an engineer in the oil industry to acquire/buy and sell ceramics and glassware.  Searching eBay may help you to research the item.

Once you know how your item is described and have some idea what it might be valued, it might be worth taking it to a local auction house and paying for a valuation or to an antique dealer with a view to selling it.
Thank you Tiras25.
i hope you find what you're looking for
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