The Foundation Antique Valuation course includes unit evaluation and final course certificate.

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) is proud to present this Foundation Antique Valuation Course.

We are committed to raising industry standards and whether you are new to the industry or thinking of a career change we are looking to enable you to start with the most useful training possible.

By taking the Foundation Antique Valuation Course you are undergoing the first step in a career in the Auctioneering world. The areas covered are Furniture, Jewellery, Silver, Ceramics and Pictures.

You will be introduced to the valuation process by established industry specialists

James Pickup
Furniture specialist from Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

Patricia Law
Independent Jewellery Valuer from the Fellowship of The Gemological Association of Great Britain (FGA)

Alex Butcher
Silver Specialist from Lawrences Auctioneers

Clare Durham
European Ceramics Specialist from Woolley & Wallis

Richard Kay
Directer of Lawrences Auctioneers and member of SOFAA

Valuers who specialise in fine and decorative arts assess the market price of antiques and collectables for clients. These can include items such as paintings, sculptures, jewellery, porcelain, books and furniture.

You will learn foundation level knowledge of how to examine an item to discover:

* Condition
* Appearance
* Age
* Authenticity
* Valuation Figure

A valuer must have an appreciation of an item’s aesthetic, cultural and social importance, together with in-depth knowledge of the current and future market trends for particular pieces, periods or categories of items.

This course will give the the initial guidance necessary to start out in the auctioneering realm.

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  1. Foundation Course


    Videos and topics executed very well.

    Enjoyable, and a great insight into different antiques fields.

  2. Antique valuation course


    An extremely interesting and enjoyable insight.

  3. Foundation Course


    I have enjoyed working my way through this introductory course. It is very informative and full of little tricks and tips to get anyone started.

  4. A highly relevant, informative and enjoyable course


    Thanks for making this course available.

    I highly enjoyed the videos on the various subjects. Particularly furniture and pictures. I thought the depth and detail that the experts went through was informative while not getting too bogged down in detail.

    I feel much more competent now looking for slight details in pieces that I would have looked past before taking this course.

    One small change that I would make would be to rearrange the order that the furniture videos were in. I feel that dealing with an original piece of furniture, rather than a reproduction, and the small bits of history behind cabinetmakers and joiners would be suitable for the beginning of the module, rather than at the end.

    Other than that I feel that the presentation and production skills were of very high quality and I am very glad I undertook the course.


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SOFAA are committed to raising industry standards. You may be new to the industry or thinking of a career change as we enable you to start with the most useful training possible.

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