I found this Asian-looking ceramic in my great-grandmothers attic. I think its an incense burner. What is it worth?
Before the value of an antique can be determined, it needs to be authenticated. Reproductions (exact copies) and copycats (stylistic copies), ranging from excellent to poor quality, are part of Asian ceramic history. I recommend that you take your incense burner to a major art museum in your area and ask the curator of Asian art to authenticate it (determine when it was made and where it originated). Your piece has Imari-style decoration. Imari is a Japanese port city, and Imari patterns feature a blue underglaze complemented by turquoise and yellow in the overglaze. Based solely on the photograph you submitted, your incense burner is about a century old. If I am correct, its value is around $125.
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