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How to Find and Price Fine Collector China Plates

1. Assess the condition, look for cracks, chips, fading, and any other flaws. Compare each item to other pieces in the set in order to make a decision about whether or not the colors are bright and as flawless as they should be.
2. Look around the marketplace; collector’s pieces are only as expensive as you are willing to pay. Thus talking to the owners and antique shop owners is crucial in making a smart buy for such rare items.
3. Check prices of items in priceguides or even go to your local library to find information. This will benefit you especially when you know the name of the artist or manufacturer of the piece.
4. Talk with other collectors, follow blogs and forums in order to gather further insight, like what is “hot” on the market. Collector plates are really a great niche, and an awesome way to meet others that share your passion.
5. Researching popular and rare brands or types of dishes like oyster plates, Imari, and Post-war Nippon could give you an insight on right pricing and whether you are getting the best product for your money.

Imari porcelain was made in the former Japanese Hizen Province and was exported mostly to the European port of Imari, Saga between 17th and 18th centuries. There are multiple types of Imari, though most would assume there would only be a single type based on its rarity. However, the most popular type produced was the Kinrande, its characteristics have a cobalt undertone with an overglaze of red and gold. Finding these pieces are rare but can be found at estate sales and antique shops!

Collecting fine china, antiques, and art is often as successful as you want to make it! Going to estate sales are the perfect way to find the treasures that you have had your eye on in the magazines, or even to finish a collection of a vintage place setting. Consulting others about pieces are the best way to understand and grow within this interest group, and visit sales together so you can discuss the pieces with a honest friend! Good luck, and happy collecting.

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