i have a piece of capodimonte "the Cheats" by cortesse. any idea as to the value? it comes with a certificate of authenticity
One of the prime directives: never trust a anything called/named/signed 'Capodimonte' or 'Capo di Monte', certificate of authenticy or not. Every fool can create his own fancy 'certificates' when it comes to selling and advertizing.
Walter del Pellgrino, author of various books and essays on the matter states: ... The term Capodimonte is used in modern terms strictly as a advertising ploy to attract the attention of uninformed buyers who might believe that the term is a guarantee of quality or rarity. Nothing could be further from the truth. ... -and- ... They have no collector value at all but rather often can sell for their decorative appeal to people who like figurines. .... Go figure, literally.
Here's a link to his forum which gives you a little background:
That said, Germano Cortese is just one of the dozens of artists that misuse the term 'Capodimonte' as part of their marketing strategy. Dramatically bloated prices demanded by resellers are part of a scheme in which these guys try to suggest their items are rare, collectible and of high quality.
As one can see when looking at the formerly oh-so-desirable Hummel figures or the scam with golden stamp replicas, people are only too easily fooled into paying large amounts of money for nothing. Blinded by marketing blah-blah, certificates which mean zilch and advertisement mumbo-jumbo, they are pretty shocked when confronted with the true street value: next to nothing. See for example eBay's closed auctions as those show what buyers REALLY pay instead of looking at auctions where you can only see what the seller wants for the item.