Whats it worth? Antique Geisha doll appraisal

geisha doll

Edward asks:

I have an antique or vintage, incredibly detailed very beautiful Geisha dancer / performer. She is made of various materials, (I believe her face is hand-painted silk), meticulously attired and accessorized with fan, drum, pearl and coral necklaces, reddish gold hat, and white tabi socks — they fit when they wear their sandals that have a split between the big and other toes. Layered over her elaborate gorgeous kimono is a gauzy painted fabric that ties in a bow in front.

She stands @ 22” H x 10” W. There are no markings I can see.

I found her in an eclectic store on New York’s Lower East Side about 25 – 30 years ago.

AW says: Thanks again for your appraisal request. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, when it comes to almost any of figurine, painting or any other type of art that has included in it a human form, look at the eyes. In this case, one needs only to look at the eyes of your doll to know she was painted and crafted by a master. Thanks for sending so many pictures, although I’ve only used 2 of them here, the others were helpful.

Date range: 1910s-20s

Retail value: $1800-$2200

Wholesale value: $600-$900
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $400-$500
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common trade terminology: Antique Japanese Geisha Doll, Silk Geisha Doll, Hand Painted Geisha Doll

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

Care and storage tips: Keep in even temperature and keep dry