How Much Is My Old Painting Worth? Research, Appraise, and Sell
Amanda is a keen artist and art historian with a particular interest in 19th-century art, especially the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.
How to Find Out About Your Old Painting
If you are reading this article, there's a good chance that you may have a treasured old painting at home you've owned for years. Alternatively, you might be curious about something you have inherited or found in a thrift store, charity shop, car boot sale, or junk shop. Maybe you have a work of art lying unwanted in the attic or garage or stashed behind a wardrobe. Whatever the circumstance, the point is that you need to know more about your old picture or painting.
This article offers some practical advice on researching and marketing an old work of art. The vast majority of old paintings, prints, and etchings have a relatively low market value and may be tricky to sell, but don't give up just yet—there are many lost and forgotten masterpieces out there just waiting to be re-discovered.
Please note: I do not offer a valuation service and will not respond to emails asking for on-line appraisals.
Do not remove an old picture from its frame, as this can devalue the item.
How to Research and Appraise Antique Art
- First, make sure it an original rather than a copy or a print. Examine the piece with a magnifying glass to determine whether it was painted or printed.
- If it is a print, it may still be worth something. Certain limited edition prints are worth more than normal prints.
- Do not remove the frame from an old piece of art. This can devalue or damage the work. Plus, the frame itself could be valuable.
- To identify the artist, look for a signature, initials, or monogram. There are a number of online resources with artist signatures for comparison.
- Use an online image search or reverse image search to check whether your painting is a copy.
- Once you have identified your artist, check his or her other works online to see what they sell for.
- If your painting is valuable, approach a local auction house. Look for one that specialises in works of art for the best advice.
How to Identify an Original Watercolour Versus a Print
Many years ago, I bought a picture from a junk-sale believing it to be a valuable watercolour. In fact, it was only a print, but it was a very good one. To an inexperienced eye, a good quality print is often very difficult to tell from a watercolour painting, but there are some easy clues.
- Gently clean the glass with a soft cloth, using a tiny amount of glass cleaner only if necessary.
- Use a magnifying glass to look at the picture in greater detail. Brushstrokes are not so obvious on a watercolour as on an oil, but you should still be able to see variation in the surface of the painting. Some areas may be bare of paint altogether, or else be highlighted with a thicker layer of paint known as gouache, or body colour. Some artists also use a technique known as "scratching out," where the surface of the painting is literally scratched to show the white of the paper. You may be able to identify pencil lines beneath the paint, and the picture may show signs of "cockling" where the artist has made his paper too wet without preparing it adequately first.
- If you are still unsure whether you have a painting or a print, look carefully to see if you can identify small dots on the surface. Printmaking has become increasingly sophisticated with the advance of technology, but early prints can usually be readily identified. If the picture is composed of tiny dots of colour, it's extremely unlikely to be a watercolour.
- Check the signature. Printed signatures seldom looks truly authentic.
- If your picture has a label on the back giving details of the title and artist, do a search on these details. If you have a print of a well-known painting, you should quickly find it online and this will confirm that you have a reproduction rather than an original. Labels that give a museum name such as Museum of Modern Art, NY, Tate Gallery, or Musee du Louvre are a good indication that your picture is a print and is likely to be a low-value item.
How Can I Tell if My Picture Is a Genuine Oil Painting?
- An oil painting can be created on board, canvas, panel, paper, or even ivory.
- Because they tend to be more durable, and less delicate than watercolours, they are not normally behind glass, although there can be exceptions to this.
- A well executed oil painting will usually have a feeling of depth and often a softness about it that is the result of the paint being built up in layers known as "glazes." Modern print techniques have become so sophisticated that prints on canvas are now available, and many of these prints even mimic brushstrokes. However, a close examination will soon sort the prints from the originals. Oil-style prints have a very uniform finish, even the ones with fake brush-strokes.
- If you are still uncertain, examine the frame and backing for clues. A good quality oil painting will usually have an equally good quality frame. Older frames are often extremely heavy, especially when they are ornately carved, or have gilding over plaster moulding for decoration. Modern, reproduction frames are usually lighter in weight and are often put together using modern techniques such as staple guns.
- When you examine the back of your painting look for clues such as old labels and auction numbers. Chalked or pencilled numbers on the reverse of a canvas often indicate that the picture has been through one or more auction houses. If it was worth selling through auction previously, then there is a good chance it will be again.Labels from framers or galleries are also good clues as to age and provenance. If you find such a label, check on-line to see if the framer or gallery still exists. They may be able to help you learn more about your artwork.
- There are a huge volume of oil paintings in circulation that have been painted on production lines in art 'factories'. The best known of these are based at Dafen in China. You can learn more about these by searching on-line. Sometimes these pictures mimic the style of established artists, but are either unsigned, or signed with a Western sounding name. They are often extremely well painted, and are attractive paintings in their own right. They are not, however, high value items.
How Can I Appraise or Value a Print?
- If you have a limited edition print by a well-known artist, it will often (though by no means always) have a greater value than a genuine painting by an unknown artist. Limited edition prints will normally have the artist's signature accompanied by a number which indicates the position of the picture in the print run, and the total number of prints produced. Never assume that all prints are worthless, as this is definitely not the case. Some very old prints and etchings are extremely valuable. It very much depends on artist, provenance, condition and rarity.
- If you suspect you have such an undiscovered gem you should try to get an expert opinion. The earliest prints were usually either black and white, or sepia in colour, and these can be some of the most valuable. Early prints and etchings are an extremely specialised field, and only an expert can give you the right advice.
- The earliest prints were made using a raised surface which could be inked. These typically included wood block prints, which are generally far cruder and more simplistic than modern lithographic, or photographic, prints. Some of the earliest woodcuts are extremely valuable because of their age and rarity. Many of these woodcuts are very, very basic, but often these are far more valuable than complicated lithographs created in more recent times.
- Many early Japanese prints were created using the woodcut process, and these are highly collectible, even if the signatures are difficult for Western eyes to understand. Woodcuts were popular throughout East Asia well into the 19th century, and some of the earliest examples, printed on cloth, are Chinese in origin. Oriental woodcuts were extremely popular during the 19th century, when they were imported into Europe in great numbers. At that time, to European eyes, they were not just exotic and different, they were something to be admired and were used as a source of inspiration. This can clearly be seen in the work of many of the illustrators and artists working around the end of the 19th century, such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, and Aubrey Beardsley, where clean, uncluttered images became more important than the fussy, highly-detailed work of earlier European artists.
- Even if your picture turns out to be an inexpensive print, don't despair. Try selling it at your local sale room or on eBay. You never know. Someone might just take a shine to it.
How Much Is My Unsigned Black and White Print Worth?
Early prints come in many different guises. If your print is signed, and is by a well-known artist. it may well be valuable. Equally, even if it is unsigned but is of an interesting subject, such as a political cartoon, it may well be of interest to a specialist collector. There are collectors who look out for pictures of all sorts of niche subjects including bridges, golf, horses, local scenes, botanical drawings, football, etc. Because early prints are such a specialist area, you should have them valued or appraised by a professional whenever possible.
Could the Frame Be Valuable?
Sometimes old prints come in very good quality frames, and these can also have a value. It is always worth having them checked out. The print itself might be worth very little, but a lovely old maple frame, for example, can often fetch enough to make your efforts worthwhile.
What Is an Etching and Are They Valuable?
Etching is a specialised form of print-making. A metal plate is first given an acid-resistant coating. An image is then scratched into this coating using needles and the plate is submerged into an acid bath. The coating resists the acid except where the image has been scored through. The acid is able to eat the metal in the scratched out areas, leaving behind a roughened surface. The plate can then be inked up and pressed onto damp paper, which will draw the ink out of the indentations left by the acid.
Etchings have been around since the 16th century, and many famous artists, including Goya and Rembrandt, have experimented with this art form. Because they tend to be produced by the artist himself rather than by an engraver or print studio, etchings are often more highly sought-after. Etchings are considered to be works of art in their own right and attract higher prices than prints.
Just as with any other piece of art that you may try to sell, it is very important to retain the original frame unless specifically advised to do otherwise
How to Appraise a Painting and Identify the Artist
- Once you've ascertained that your picture is definitely not a print of a more salable original, it might pay to do some further research. The most obvious avenue is to start by finding out who the artist is, and whether his paintings are successful in the salerooms of various auction houses. To do this you need to check the artist's signature, and this is usually (though not always) in either one of the bottom corners.
- Many artists use their initials, or even a monogram, in place of a full signature. There are good reference books available showing facsimiles of many thousands of signatures, and you might find one of these at your local library. Once you have an idea who the painter is, you can do further research on-line by searching for sales of the artists work. A short list of artists' monograms is available online, and some artists' signatures may be seen online as well, although these pages offer only a very limited number of examples. This site offers a good selection of artist's signatures. You might also like to browse the signatures on this site, but you do have to pay to access their full listings.
- If you are able to identify the surname of the artist but don't have a first initial, try comparing your painting with the work of other artists with the same surname by entering the name and the word "images" into your search engine.
- The Public Catalogue Foundation's paintings website is a fantastic resource, with over 2,000 high-quality images of paintings in public ownership in the UK. It doesn't matter where you are in the world as there are examples of work from artists across the globe.
- Auction houses and art researchers also use an excellent online resource known as The Art Sales Index, which lists the hammer prices (before tax) on paintings sold at most major salerooms. This provides a comprehensive reference source. This site offers a wealth of useful information available free of charge. However, access to the auction price listings has recently been made subject to a fee. If you are researching several items, you may still feel it's worthwhile signing up to this website. A great alternative is to use the liveauctioneers.com website where hammer prices are given for free once you have become a subscriber. There is also masses of free information on findartinfo.com, including signature search.
What Is a Pastel and Can They Be Valuable?
Pastel is a pure powdered pigment mixed with a binding agent. It is used in the form of a stick, or a pastel pencil. The pigments used to produce pastels are exactly the same as those used in any coloured art media, from watercolours to oil paints, and consequently pastels often produce very intense, vibrant colours.
Pastels have been around since at least the 15th century and many famous artists have used them to great effect. The French Impressionist artists Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir both produced wonderful examples of this art form.
An artwork made using pastels is called a pastel (or a pastel drawing or pastel painting).
The two most commonly found forms of pastel drawing are made using either soft pastels, which have often have a chalky, dusty appearance, and oil pastels which are shinier, smudgier, and often bolder in colour.
Pastels are generally more delicate than paintings or other forms of drawing and need to be handled with great care. Soft pastel drawings can shed dust long after they are first produced and should always be stored upright. A professionally framed pastel will normally have a spacer between it and the mount to allow any loose dust to settle out of sight. The spacer will only be very thin, so you might not notice it immediately, but if your pastel drawing does have one, it's a sign that the picture was considered worth giving extra attention.
Pastel drawings by the right artist will often be more highly prized than ordinary drawings, or indeed, watercolours.
Where Can I Sell My Antique Painting?
The most famous auction houses in the world are probably Sothebys and Christies. You might also have heard of Bonhams, or DuMouchelles, or Susanins. But aside from these big boys of the auction world, there are any number of small, local salerooms who will be happy to dispose of your treasures.
How to Sell at Auction
- If you have researched your painting and are satisfied that it is reasonably valuable, then you need to approach an auction house. Search online for "antiques auction" or "antiques salesroom" in your city or area. Alternatively, use a telephone directory or Yellow Pages to locate your nearest sale rooms. If you live in or near a big city, there's a good chance that you will be spoilt for choices.
- Ask if the saleroom specializes in paintings. If the answer is no, then you might want to keep trying until you find an auction house with an experienced art expert on board. If you do indeed have a valuable painting on your hands, then a reputable auctioneer will be only too pleased to help you to get the best price for your item. Auctions normally charge a commission fee for their services. This is generally between 10 and 20% of the hammer price, and the more your item sells for, the more commission they will earn.
Selling on eBay
Paintings do sell on eBay, but ask yourself this: If you were a collector, would you risk too much of your hard-earned money on a painting you have never seen in the flesh? Unless you are selling a more contemporary painting, or a lower value item, I would personally prefer to try a formal auction house first.
Selling to a Dealer
Again, this is a tricky area. Some dealers are both knowledgeable and fair. Some are not. The dealer has a living to earn, overheads to cover, and all stock is an investment in time and money. You can't blame them if they seek to take advantage of an innocent punter. Or can you? Many reputable antique galleries are happy to buy your valuables. You are taking a chance that they are giving you a reasonable sum, and they are taking a chance that they are investing in something that will sell. Clearly you must use your own judgement here. Never be afraid to haggle with a dealer, and you can always take your item to more than one.
Have you found this article helpful?
Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please also feel free to leave comments at the end of the article.
More about researching and selling antiques and collectables
- What makes an antique valuable? Quality, rarity, condition and provenance
Bed pans, loving cups, teaspoons, Rolls Royces, beer bottles, campaign medals, theatre programmes, film posters. Sooner or later, there will be a buyer for just about any item you care to name. Collectables...
- Antiques and Collectibles - How to Value and Sell Yo...
To learn the value of an antique or collectible you have to what actual value means. Setting aside sentimental attachment, you have to understand the difference between what a piece is valued in a price guide and what such an antique or collectible i
If You Have Found This Article Helpful, Please Pass It Along
In the two years since I wrote this article, it has been consistently popular. This article is posted on the HubPages website, and as writers, we are provided with statistics that tell us about how our articles are performing. From those statistics , I see that most readers linger on this page, so I know that it is, at the very least, interesting. The information provided in this article comes from long years of experience, and I would like to be able to share this freely with all those that need it, so if you have found this helpful, please share on whatever social media you use. Many thanks.
Questions & Answers
I have a picture by Will Peterson “Hunting the Spanish Treasure Galleon of 1622." How much is it worth?
There are a number of images of Will Petersen's artworks on the liveauctioneers.com website. This site is free to sign up to, and the results pages are free to access. You can also find a couple of sold prices on the findartinfo.com website. I can't give you a value for a specific item, but if you look at the websites I have suggested you should be able to get a feel for the kind of prices achieved for this artist's work.
I have a signed 1892 watercolor by S.K. Mulholland. I have researched many avenues to identify the artist. Is it possible it is valuable and I need to seek professional assistance?
I'm not familiar with S.K. Mulholland. There are numerous other artists with the same surname, however, and you can see auction results for some of these on the findartinfo.com website. If you then sign up to liveauctioneers.com (there is no charge for membership), you will be able to see images and 'sold' results for some of these. Hopefully, you'll find your artist in the listings, and you may be able to discern a possible value range by comparing your picture to those listed.
I have a signed painting by Albert Klussmann, dated 1962. Is it valuable?
I can find very little information on this artist, but I can see that his works do occasionally pass through auction, and prints of his work are listed on eBay amd various other live auction sites. I suspect he is likely to have more of a following in Canada and the USA, and if you are based in either of those countries you might try getting some more locally based advice from an art dealer or auction house in your own area.
How can I send you a picture of a print I need to value?
Unfortunately, this is not a service I offer. There are websites on-line that do offer this service, but I recommend that you approach an accredited valuer in your local area if you are looking for insurance valuation, or alternatively ask the advice of an auctioneer or art dealer if you are hoping to sell. In my opinion, it isn't really possible to accurately suggest a value without seeing the item in person.
What is the value of a Tom Beecham painting?
Tom Beecham (1926-2000) was an American artist who specialized in Western and wildlife illustrations. His work is popular and sells well at auction. It is impossible to suggest a likely value for an item without seeing it in person, as there are so many factors to take into consideration. However, recent works sold have been in the range of around $500 to as much as $14,000 plus.
I have an original painting from Chris Ranes dating 1983, how do I know how much its worth ?
Born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised in France, the artist Chris Ranes (1929-2002) lived and worked in the USA. Despite having a relatively high profile and having been a prolific artist, Chris Ranes work has been somewhat out of favor in more recent years. If you search on the auction price listings on Findartinfo.com and liveauctioneers.com (both free to access), you will get an idea of the range her work typically makes at auction.
How much is a George Friedrich Handel 'the Messiah' with a piece of originally written music sheet worth? It is also autographed.
This sounds like an interesting item, and if it has an original Handel autograph, it is likely to be quite valuable. 'The Messiah' is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741. It isn't the name of a painting, or at least, not one by George Frederich Handel. I would strongly advise you to have this item looked at by an art sales professional, preferably at a good quality auction house. Email in the first instance including photographs and a full description.
It is impossible to value any artwork accurately without seeing it in person, and this is especially true of the kind of unique item that you potentially might have.
How much is a Mexican cityscape by Swartz worth?
The listed artist Sahl Swarz was a sculptor, and all the works listed as having been sold at auction by Swarz are sculptures.
There may be other artists (not listed) with the name Swarz. It's impossible to tell who might have created your artwork without seeing the painting in person, so I recommend that you seek further advice from an art dealer or auction house in your local area.
Where can I go to get a canvas painting appraised?
Auction houses will generally provide you with an estimated value when accepting an item for sale. Similarly, an art or antique dealer will make a fixed offer if they are interested in your item. If, however, you require a written appraisal for insurance purposes, you will need to have this done by a professional appraiser. Locally based auction houses, art dealers, and art appraisers are all easily discovered by researching on the internet.
I have some oil paintings from Germany painted by Max Gollnau. The title of one of them is 'Jager' with two dots on top of the 'a.' My wife’s uncle got them back in the 70s, and I don’t know anything about them. They're in the original frames and have certificates of authenticity. Can you tell me anything about these paintings?
I have found only one instance of his work online. I suspect that any market for this artist probably exists primarily in Germany where people may still know of him, and be familiar with his work.
My husband had an old oil painting by Maurice Meyer. Is this worth anything?
If you look at the price results page on the liveauctioneers.com website you will find literally dozens of paintings by this American artist together with images. The site is free to sign up to and there is no charge for looking at auction results. By looking at a range of paintings by this artist you should get a feel for the kind of money you might reasonably expect to make were you to sell your item. Do remember, however, that auction houses charge commission on sales, so the prices listed won't necessarily be the amount paid to the seller.
What is an etching by Colnaghi and Company worth?
There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Etchings are a very particular field of expertise, and you need to show your item to someone with the relevant experience. I recommend you contact an auction house with an art expert who may be able to steer you in the right direction.
I inherited a bunch of mid century art from my dad. None of it is worth enough to get appraised or go to an auction house. Should I just try and sell my inherited art on eBay? Example, Paul Dibert, Frank Hamilton, Ron Roesch. I really just want to get rid of this stuff because it's taking up room in my house and is not my style.
The artists you list all feature in the auction results listings on liveauctioneers.com. They are all saleable artists, although it does, of course, depend on the condition and quality of the artwork in question. Certainly, you could put them on eBay, but these do sound like paintings that a small to mid-range auctioneer would be happy to accept.
I have a watercolor by artist George R. Barse. On the back, it says ' Private Collection. Title "Peonies" I cannot find it online at all. Any suggestions as to its worth?
If you sign up to the Liveauctioneers.com website (this is free to join and to use) you will be able to access the auction results pages. There are over twenty George Barse paintings listed complete with images and prices achieved. This should give you a feel for the the range of prices achieved for this artist.
How much is a landscape painting done by Kingman worth? I bought it in 1976.
There are a number of listed artists signing themselves Kingman, and probably many more unlisted, amateur artists with the same name. Without seeing your picture in person, it would be impossible to accurately suggest a likely valuation. If you have reason to believe that the painting is valuable and you want to sell it, approach either an art dealer or an auction house for further advice.
How much would two Italian landscape oil paintings by James Bridges be worth?
The website Findartinfo.com lists two paintings attributed to the artist James Bridges (1802-1865). Both passed through an auction in the early part of this decade. Both were watercolors. I would anticipate that there is possibly any number of other artists with the name James Bridges as it's not an unusual name. Many of those will be amateur artists, or artists whose work rarely comes to auction. The only sure way to get an estimate of the value of these paintings is to seek advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have a Dante painting dated 1978. It is of a tree with a big bird nest. Is my painting by Dante worth something? It is an oil painting.
It isn't really possible to accurately assess an item without seeing it in person, however, I can tell you that Dante pictures often come up on eBay. You might find examples by searching on "Dante tree" in the art section. The examples I have seen are not big-ticket items, but if you feel that yours is exceptionally nice, you could seek advice from a local art dealer or auction house.
I have a Heykoop oil painting on canvass with a nice old frame and tick wood on the back. It is of a fireplace with a chair in a poor old house. Is it worth anything ?
There are several Heykoop paintings in the auction results pages of liveauctioneers.com. It is worth having a look at these to give yourself some idea of your item's likely value. The site is free to sign up to and there is no charge for looking at the results pages.
I have an oil painting signed "A.T.Bricher .A.N.A." It's a coastal landscape. On the web, I've found a lot of variations on the theme, but not the exact picture; mine is darker, with wind and waves crashing on the beach. Could it be valuable?
If your painting proves to be a genuine painting by the American artist Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) then it will indeed be a valuable item. If you use the free listings on findartinfo.com to research the sold at auction prices, you will see that many oil paintings by Bricher achieve thousands of dollars at auction, sometimes in the high thousands. Bricher was a prolific artist, and there are no doubt many 'copies' of his work around as well as originals. Only an expert on this particular artist will be able to give you a valid opinion on the item, and it will be worth approaching a high end auction house with a dedicated art expert on board for further advice. Email in the first instance, then find out if you want to investigate further dependant on the suggestions they make.
Has anyone ever heard of a painter that just signs Mancini?
The artist Donato Mancini signs himself in this way.
I have a 1911 painting, "Le Pont de Passy et la Tour Eiffell", how can I find out it's worth?
My advice is to follow the steps in the article. If it is a print of this painting, it may well have a low resale value, particularly if it is a fairly modern reproduction. Google the name of the painting followed by the word 'images' to see if it is either a copy or a reproduction of Chagall's original work. Also look for gallery labels on the reverse of your item which may indicate if it is a print. If the label is from a major museum, then it is unlikely to be an original.
I have found a William Redmore Bigg painting in a frame with a letter attached to the back. Any idea on how to have it valued?
William Redmore Bigg's paintings are perhaps a little old-fashioned for modern tastes, but a good example will hopefully still find a buyer. If you look at the price results pages on liveauctioneers.com (this is free to sign up to) you will get a feel for a likely range of values. If you are hoping to sell your item I suggest that you approach a reputable auction house in your local area, preferably one that has a dedicated art specialist on the team. It is worth noting that auction houses operate on a commision basis, and you may have to pay a fee even if the painting fails to sell.
I have an oil painting, but cannot distinguish the signature. Can you help me?
There are a limited number of artists' signatures available to browse for free on findartinfo.com website. Other than that you might want to get a subscription to a website such as artistssignatures.com which gives the option of buying a researcher's time. You can also browse their catalog of artists' signatures for an initial fee of around $10. Alternatively, you can buy, or borrow from a library, a reference book of artist's signatures.
Please bear in mind that not all paintings are by famous artists, or even by saleable artists. The vast majority of original work available on the second-hand market is either by unknown amateur artists or by artists whose renown has never extended beyond their local area. Picture research is very time-consuming and does not always yield results. Experts in this field justifiably charge a fee for their services, and you should expect to pay a reasonable sum if you engage the assistance of a researcher.
I have an old oil painting. It looks like it is signed 'Munkacsy', but some of the picture is missing. How do I know my painting is by Munkacsy?
Hungarian artist Mihály Munkácsy (1844 to 1900) is famous for his genre pictures and large-scale biblical paintings. If you have a genuine painting by this artist that you are hoping to sell, I would suggest you contact a large auction house with a team of art experts who can help you.
I have an oil painting in the style of Reubens, and there appears to be another painting underneath. What should I do?
It is impossible to give proper advice without seeing the picture in person. I would advise you to show your item to either an auction house or an art dealer if you are hoping to sell it.
I have a Bonner and a Struenk painting. Is there any value in those artist's work?
An easy way to research picture values is by searching on the auction price listings on the findartinfo.com website. There is no charge for accessing these listings, however, they are not comprehensive, and lesser known artists are often easier to find on eBay and on liveauctioneers.com, neither of which makes a charge for accessing their info once you are signed up to their sites.
I have inherited a painting by Ferris. Is it of any worth?
I recommend you research your painting on the findartinfo.com website. You will find a very long list of artists with the name Ferris, but you may be able to narrow it down with the knowledge that you already have about the picture and its history. If you then feel that the painting might be valuable and you wish to sell it you could approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area for further advce.
I have two signed etchings from two different artists. Both have original written on them. I can’t read the names. Where can I go for help in identifying the artists?
Identifying artist's signatures can be a lengthy, time-consuming business, requiring a lot of patience. The vast majority of pre-owned art available for sale is by artists who are unknown amateurs, or else by artists who are not well-known outside of their local areas, and whose work has never passed through the major galleries and auction houses. Whilst the internet has made it much easier to identify artwork, not all painters will be listed on auction price guide websites, and not all second-hand pictures are of any major value. Etchings can be particularly difficult to identify. You can try comparing the signatures to those listed on artist signature websites, but if that fails, you could approach an art dealer or auction house in your local area and seek their advice.
How can I get my items evaluated for free? Who can I send pictures to?
Many auction houses value or appraise pictures for free, but it is best to email in advance with your query. Remember to include a good photograph of your item. Art and antique dealers can also be helpful, but it's best to ask several for their offers if you are hoping to sell, as they are people with a living to earn, and are unlikely to offer top dollar prices.
I have an old painting on canvas signed "Franco." Is it worth anything? It came from art masters gallery It is a still life with two vases and it's painted as a frame, yet has no frame.
Unfortunately, Franco is an incredibly common name both as a first name and as a sir-name, so I can't suggest a likely artist as there are many painters signing themselves that way. It is impossible to give a realistic valuation without seeing the item in person, so I, therefore, recommend you ask the advice of an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
How do I determine the value of an oil painting by M.Guerrero?
It is impossible to answer this question with any hope of accuracy. Guerrero is a fairly common Spanish sir-name, and there are a number of listed artists by this name. There is also an additional possibiity that your item is actually by an unlisted amateur artist. You need to ascertain which M. Guerrero painted your picture, then research further with the correct information.
How can I be sure that I have a self portrait of Rembrandt as the apostle St. Paul?
If you feel that you have a valuable item you could seek advice from an art dealer or auction house in your local area. Original works by Rembrandt are very valuable, and there are many forgeries and copies in circulation, so you would need to have your item authenticated in order to sell it as an original.
I have a signed limited edition number 48 of 480 of Cyndi Nelson's "We've Only Just Begun" it is signed by the artist and dated 1987, is this a print worth finding someone to auction it for me?
There are a number of Cyndi Nelson prints on ebay. I recommend that you research this item on-line and compare it to similar items on ebay and other live auction sites before you decide whether to approach an art sales professional.
I have a Puente bullfighting oil painting. I am trying to find out its value. Where can I get an appraisal for free online?
It is impossible to give an accurate appraisal without seeing the item in person. This is partly because you might post an image that might actually be of a print. Also, there are many factors to take into consideration such as condition, provenance, and general desirability. Sites that purport to give accurate appraisals via email can in fact only give you an indication of a typical auction price for that specific artist.
I am often asked about providing appraisals, and even were it to be possible via the internet, I would point out that picture research is a time-consuming and painstaking process, and you are unlikely to find someone with the right expertise who is prepared to provide their services free of charge.
I want to sell three signed pen-and-ink Paule Stetson Loring sketches. Who should I contact? They were a part of my father-in-law's collection as he was a graphic artist in Providence, RI, and he knew Mr. Loring.
I am based in the UK, so I do not have first-hand knowledge of the art market in your area. My research suggests that the items are unlikely to have an exceptionally high value, but it might be worth entering them into auction or offering them to an art dealer in your local area. Alternatively, you could use an online auction service.
I have an old oil on canvas painting of a river scene by a William Miller, or Meller. It dates back to at least the late 1800s, but I can't seem to find anything about this artist. Have you ever heard of him?
A cursory search on findartinfo.com brings up fifteen results with William Miller in the name, but none at all for William Meller. As William Miller is a fairly common name, it is quite likely that there are many more unlisted artists including amateur painters who may have produced your item. I recommend you show the painting to an auction house or art dealer in your local area for further advice.
I have a 1963 '7 Tubes' painting by Lamar W. Dodd. Do you know anything about this artist or the value of his paintings?
Lamar Dodd (1909 - 1996) was a highly regarded 20th century American artist whose work frequently finds it's way into auction. He worked in a variety of mediums, and his oil paintings typically achieve the highest prices, many selling for thousands of dollars. Watercolours, charcoal sketches, and mixed media items tend to do less well, but you might still expect a reasonable sum for an attractive item by this artist, particularly if it is in good condition, and you have proof of provenance.
If you are hoping to sell your picture, you could approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area for further advice.
What would the value be of a painting by Frederick Remington?
Frederic Sackrider Remington is one of the best known American artists, and his artworks make enormous amounts at auction. If you search this artist on the free listings on findartinfo.com, you will get some idea of the sums achieved.
What is the value of a Betty Neubauer print?
There are two Betty Neubauer prints currently listed on eBay with 'buy it now' prices of $134.99 and $225, respectively. I suggest you research on eBay and other live auction sites to see whether similar items to yours are selling.
I have a very old painting which I believe to be by Nicolas Poussin. How do I sell it?
The French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) painted in the classical Baroque style, and he was a well-known and much admired painter whose works now hang in many museums and galleries across Europe and beyond.
If you have a genuine Poussin (there are many copies and forgeries in circulation) then you should approach one of the larger, better known auction houses where they may have the right expertise to deal appropriately with such a rare and valuable item. A genuine Poussin may well attract a lot of interest, and some of his paintings have sold for considerable sums, as you will discover if you look at the auction price listings on the findartinfo.com website.
I have a Rene Charles painting that is titled "Cottage by a River". I believe it's a 1930 painting. How much is it worth?
If you look at the auction listings for this artist on findartinfo.com, you'll get an idea of the spread of prices achieved for works by this artist. This service is free to use at present, and provides a useful insight into the possible value of your item. Rene Charles Edmund His (1877-1960) painted numerous countryside scenes, and his oil paintings do reasonably well at auction. Please be aware, however, that there are many prints of this artist's work in circulation, and a print usually has only a fraction of the value of an original.
I have a Henri Royer painting of the Eiffel Tower Street View. I cannot find anything about this online. Can you help with any info?
French artist Henri Royer (1869-1938) painted many Parisian scenes, some of which can be found in an online image search, including some with the Eiffel Tower in the background. A search of the listings on the findartinfo.com website will give you some idea of prices achieved at auction for work by this artist.
What do you, the writer of this article, know about a framed Linda Schneider oil painting in my possession? It features two expressionist female nudes and looks like it is from the late 1940s or 1950s. It is in very good condition. It measures approximately 20" x 28".
I have an original painting by Lumen Winter. How much are Lumen Winter's paintings worth?
Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) was an American artist who is known for his large-scale public artworks. The findartinfo.com website lists a number of his works that have passed through auction. These may help you get a feel for the range of prices this artist's work achieves. You might also like to look at liveauctioneers.com which has some 98 results for works by Lumen Winter. Findartinfo.com is free to access and you don't need to sign in. However, liveauctioneers.com needs you to have an account to access results, but there is no charge for having one.
I have a large oil painting by Arthur Fidler which features a ballerina and three swans, set in a landscape. Could you kindly assist with an evaluation?
It is impossible to accurately value an item without seeing it in person, so I suggest that you approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area for further advice. However, I can tell you that there are some listings for this artist on the findartinfo.com website which may give you some indication of possible value.
I have a genuine oil painting of 'L’Orage/ The Storm' which has been copied from the original by William Adolph Bouguereau. Mine has been signed JONAS and one of the women has only four toes. Would this be valuable or interesting to anybody?
William Bouguereau was an incredibly talented artist who produced highly detailed, sensitive works of art. There have been numerous copies of his paintings made, and some of the better quality ones sell for reasonably large sums of money. If you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website (there is no fee involved) you can access the auction pice results pages. There are listings for over 600 of Bouguereau's original works together with copies and reproductions of his paintings. Try comparing your item with the images of those listed to get a feel for the likely value.
Are any paintings framed by S.L. Nielson of value? I have one of 'The Elephant Rock, Hartlepool'.
I assume by your question that you have no idea who the artist is. S.L Nielson may well have framed some valuable pictures, but even if he or she did, without an artist's name, I could give you no useful information. It is impossible to give an informed opinion about any work of art without seeing it in person, and for that reason, I suggest you take your item to an auction house or antiques/art dealer in your local area for further advice. It's possible that you have a print of the famous painting of Elephant Rock painted by J.S. Holmes in 1850, and you might want to google that picture first, as such a print is unlikely to be a high-value picture.
I have an Egyptian painting, and the artist signature is a different language. How can I know how much it’s worth?
It's impossible to give an accurate indication of possible value without seeing the picture in person. I would recommend you take it to an art dealer or an auction house for their professional advice.
I have a large framed painting by Francois Gerome called "Madeline." Do you have any idea what it's worth? I have seen a few on eBay, but not mine.
I suggest you take a look at the auction listings on findartinfo.com. There is no charge for this, and you will be able to see the prices achieved at auction for over seventy works by this artist. Obviously, the prices are for original works of art by Francois Gerome. Reproductions of any description are unlikely to sell for similar amounts.
I have an art picture of Jimmy Hendrix. It’s on a canvas. The signature says ‘77 Man- y. Is this painting of value?
It's impossible to suggest an accurate value for any work of art without seeing it in person, and the information you have provided is far too sketchy to make any reasonable guess as to an artist. If you think that the picture might be of value, you could perhaps take it to an auction house or art dealer in your local area and ask their advice.
I have a painting that was done by a very famous celebrity who passed away over 20 years ago. This celebrity was also a very famous religious leader. He has done maybe 20 paintings give or take a few, so they are very rare. My problem is that I cannot get a valuation on his work because he has never sold any of them. Almost all of his paintings are still owned by his family. How would I go about getting a valuation when there is nothing to compare it to?
Without a previous sales history, there is simply no way of coming up with a likely value. If the artist is as famous as you suggest, you could try taking it to one of the higher end auction houses for advice. The painting's value will have two components; firstly a value based on artistic merit and general desirability, and secondly a value based on the likely fan appeal. My guess is that any appraisal offered is going to be wildly inaccurate because of the circumstances that you have described. If you are looking to sell then you will need to be guided by the auctioneer. If, however, you are looking for an insurance valuation, you will need to find a certified professional who offers this service.
I have a large sketch of 'Grandmama's Milking Shed' by Susan Ross. Is it worth anything?
Canadian artist Susan Andrina Ross (1915 - 2006) was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. She is particularly noted for her paintings of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Her works are hung in many galleries and private collections, and are beginning to sell for reasonable sums. Etchings by this artist fetch a few hundred US dollars at auction, and paintings in the high hundreds depending on the subject matter and quality of presentation.
I have been left a painting that's signed by George Coulon. It's in a frame with a metal stamp on it saying 'Still Life In Grapes by George Coulon'. I was wondering if it just be a reproduction?
Georges Coulon (1914 -1990) specialised in painting still-lifes. His work has, at times, been very popular, and there are consequently quite a number of reproductions in circulation. I think it's very possible that you have one of these reproductions. Try searching on images of George Coulon paintings. You may well find your picture on-line, and if so, that would suggest that is indeed a print.
Is Bodenhoff a famous painter?
Elise Bodenhoff is a listed artist with some modest success at auction. There are, however, other artists with that sir name who are not listed as having passed through auction,
I have in my possession an engraving of the Holy Mother and Jesus from 1810. How can I find out the value of it?
The value of an item is what another person is prepared to pay for it. Even when a professional appraiser gives a valuation, he can only estimate what the picture might reasonably fetch at auction, or, if valuing an item for insurance purposes, he might suggest a replacement value (the retail price of a similar item bought from an antique dealer, or art dealer). If you are looking for a value in order to sell your item, then seek advice from an auction house or art dealer. You might also look at similar items on eBay to see if they sell, and if so, how much for.
I have a very old print of Gainsborough’s “Cottage Girl with Pitcher and Dog” which is framed but no glass. It has a lot of old stains on it. It was clearly made decades ago as came from a 93 year old. Where is best place to get it cleaned and valued in uk?
You will no doubt be able to discover an art restorer in your area with a simple internet search, however, I would recommend that you first of all research Gainsborough prints on ebay.co.uk. I have just had a look and there are numerous examples for sale including the one you mention. Vintage prints, especially those in poor condition, are often of limited value. You may find that in this case, the restoration costs will exceed the value of the picture. Please do your research before you decide whether to go ahead.
I have a few paintings by George Morland that were engraved by either E. Bell or W. Ward that appear to be from the late 1700's and early 1800's. I'm having a difficult time finding out any information regarding their value. I'd hate to get rid of them if someone else would get pleasure from them. Can you help?
George Morland (1763-1804) was a prolific artist and, despite being somewhat old-fashioned, some of his paintings still do relatively well at auction. Unfortunately, as you might expect, his etchings and engravings tend to sell for considerably less than his oils, pencils sketches and watercolours. You can get some idea of the range of prices achieved by accessing the free auction results listings on findartinfo.com.
Your items sound as though they might do well at a general auction of antiques and collectibles, and if you are looking to sell them you could seek further advice from a local auction saleroom or general antiques dealer.
I have an original chalk painting of Charles W. Hardin from the year 1940. Is it worth anything?
I'm not familar with this artist I'm afraid. You could try showing your item to an art dealer or auction house in your local area and asking for their advice. It may be that the drawing is by a local artist with a local following.
I have a small painting signed Michel '87, of a boulangerie Parisienne with a Paris address in the painting. What are the chances my painting is an original from Michel Delacroix?
It's entirely likely that an artist as successful as Michel Delacroix will be copied either by other artists either out of sincere admiration or with the intention to deceive, however, it's very possible that you do indeed have a painting by this prolific French painter. It might be worth emailing an inquiry to Delacroix's online representatives at Saper Galleries including good images of the picture from front and back and close-ups of the signature and any gallery or framing labels.
What is the value of a Bela Bodo painting?
Bela Bodo was a Hungarian-born artist, born in 1936, who made a home in California. Works by this artist occasionally come to auction but, generally sell for less than $1000. It is impossible to estimate the likely sale price of an item without seeing it in person. If you are hoping to sell this painting via a saleroom or dealer, please remember that an auction house is likely to take around 20% of the sale price in commission, whilst a dealer has a living to make, and will only offer a price they can then make a profit on. Some Bela Bodo paintings have been sold via eBay, and this might be a suitable route depending on your location and the size and quality of the painting. With most works of art by known artists, it often pays to get advice from a saleroom or art dealer in the first instance.
I have a painting by David Shepherd "Melting Snow." Where can I get a quote of what its worth?
David Shepherd's painting "Melting Snow" has been reproduced many times, and prints of this picture are not high-value items. I just looked on eBay and there are two examples currently listed. Unless you own the original, you are unlikely to have a valuable item. If you do own the original, and have the relevant documentation to prove its authenticity, then you should approach either an auction house with a dedicated art specialist, or an art dealer in your local area.
I have a David H. ( Hoskins) painting from 1989. Is it worth some money?
David Hoskins is a reasonably common name, and there may be many artists with that name. Without seeing the painting in person it is impossible to give an accurate approximation of its likely value. You might try looking on eBay or some of the live auction sites to see if you can find work by the same artist. This should give you an idea of possible value. Please bear in mind that there are huge numbers of amateur artists who produce amazing work that has very limited resale value.
Are oil paintings by A. J. Van Eybergen valuable?
A.J Van Eybergen (1918 (?)-1966) was a Dutch artist who produced traditional-style paintings. An example of a genre scene of a family in an interior can be seen on liveauctioneers.com, and is listed as having sold for $375. Examples of this artist's still-lifes can be found with a simple internet search. One such example sold for only $30 despite a far higher estimate. The answer to your question is that, yes, work by this artist does have a value, but it will depend on the subject matter and overall presentation, and what the interest is in the saleroom if it should go to auction.
Can you please tell me what a Mildred Bartee paintings of cats might be worth?
Mildred Bartee is a contemporary artist whose watercolour paintings of cats have been widely reproduced as prints. If you look on eBay, you will find several examples of her work. I don't think there is a huge second-hand market for her original watercolours as yet, but no doubt that will develop in time. If you have an original that you are hoping to sell you could try entering it into a local auction, or else you might try eBay or one of the other on-line auctioneers. Sometimes living artists or their agents are prepared to buy back early examples of their work, so that is also another avenue to explore.
I have a certified, signed, limited print by Picasso. What is it's resale value?
If you look at the auction price listings on the findartinfo.com you will see over 20,000 price results for various Picasso works including paintings, sketches and prints. This should assist you in getting a feel for the likely value of your item.
What is the value of an oil painting of a moorland scene in Devon by the English artist A.B.Collier?
It is impossible to suggest a likely value for your item without seeing it in person. I can confirm that the artist Arthur Bevan Collier is a listed artist whose work has occasionally passed through auction, however, his work appears too infrequently to suggest a range of prices.
Who can I ask to identify an artist on a watercolor from 1946?
I suggest you approach either an auction house or an art dealer in your local area for further advice if you are hoping to sell your item
If there is a signature, but you are unable to decipher it, you might try using the free listings on findartinfo.com, or take a minimum subscription to artistssignatures.com, or any of the other websites offering this service. In the end, however, you may find that your painting is not by a listed artist. Many paintings on the second-hand market are created by talented amateurs or by painters who are not well-known outside of their local area.
I have a Ricardo Rossi painting titled "Villa Medici." I was wondering if it’s worth anything, or if you can tell me something about that artist?
I am not aware of any listed artist by the name Ricardo Rossi. However, the Rossi family were well-respected printers and engravers active in 17th and 18th century Italy. They produced quite a well-known edition of 'The Villa Medici' in black and white, and copies of it can still be found for sale. If this is what you have, then it might be worth entering into a good quality auction.
I have a Ruane Manning print #6 titled 'America the Beautiful.' I can't find this piece anywhere. What is it worth, if anything?
An example of this print sold on eBay in November 2017 for $23.99. A simple Google search on the painting's title and artist's name brought up several places where new or used versions of this print can be bought. Whilst looking at eBay, I checked the auction only results on other titles by this artist. There doesn't appear to be a huge market out there for these second-hand prints, but you might be able to sell it on eBay or another live auction site.
I have inherited a watercolor that is signed by LeRoy it has been in the family over 65 years and it is of a female floating in the air. How can I find out the value of this framed watercolor by LeRoy?
I think your item might possibly be a lithograph of a publicity poster for an early 20th-century stage show. If it is an original lithograph in good condition it might well have a value of over a thousand dollars. If you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website (this is free to sign up to) you can then access their auction price results page where you will find several examples of this picture together with the prices achieved at auction.
I have an oil painting signed 'Narz' and depicts water, lakes and mountains. What is its value?
I do not know of any artists signing themselves Narz, although I can see an example of such a picture currently listed on eBay.com. It is possible that your painting may have been generated in a Chinese painting factory where generic pictures are created by a team of artists then signed with a European sounding name. It is impossible to say for sure without seeing the picture in person, so if you feel that your item might be of value, you could seek further advice from an auctioneer or art dealer in your local area.
I have a pair of winter scenes in oils on board by an artist signing himself 'Kaiser.' Is he a known artist or of any value?
If you use the free listings on the findartinfo.com website you will see the kind of prices achieved at auction by some of the many artists with the sir-name Kaiser. Without actually seeing the paintings in person it is impossible to guess at which artist might have painted them. You could possibly research further using the free picture listings on Artnet.com for comparison purposes.
I found a charcoal portrait behind our family portrait that is at least 80 yrs old. It is of an Amish man and a woman and the details are amazing, could it be worth something?
It may well be worth something, but without seeing it in person it is impossible to say for sure. Maybe you could seek further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have two original (maybe late 1800s or early 1900s) paintings by Bauman. Each has a beautiful face of a young gypsy woman. I cannot find anything about the artist. Do you know anything about the artist?
Unfortunately, Bauman is a fairly common name worldwide, and there are quite some artists who might have painted your pictures. If you look at the listings on findartinfo.com (this is free to access) you will find numerous Baumans whose paintings have passed through auctions. Quite aside from the artists who have actually sold work in this way, there will be many more who are perhaps gifted amateurs or little-known professionals whose work will never make these lists. If you have a good feeling about these paintings, by all means, approach a local art dealer or auction house for their advice. Sometimes the quality of the painting and the beauty of the subject matter will outweigh the lack of a well-known creator.
I have a F. Buck Frasier Painting. It has been in the family for many years. I tried researching him but can't find anything about this painter. Who is F. Buck Fraiser and is this painting worth anything?
Unfortunately, I also have no information about this artist, and I haven't been able to find any listings for him or her. It may well be that your item is by an amateur artist, or by a painter with very limited output.
I have an oil painting signed by Anthony Gaskell in 1985, measuring 20"x16". It is of men on horseback going hunting with dogs in Ramsbottom Village. Could you tell me if it's of any value?
Without seeing this picture in person it is impossible to suggest a value. I am unable to find any examples of this artists's work on-line. It may well be that he is either an amateur artist, or an artist with very limited output whose work has not yet passed through auction. If you are convinced that your item is valuable, ask advice from a local auctioneer or art dealer. Alternatively, if it's a nice picture, and you like it, put it on the wall and enjoy it.
I have a large framed picture by Hugo Vogel dated 1922. Do you have any information that can help me?
Hugo Vogel (1855-1934) was a German painter, well known for his portraits and depictions of historical scenes. Many of his paintings have been widely reproduced as prints. It may be that you have one of these. If you google 'Hugo Vogel paintings images' you will find a good selection of his work on-line, and if you do have a print, you should be able to find other examples. Prints of Hugo Vogel's work are not big-ticket items. You could try selling through a local auction, or ist it on eBay or something similar. If, however, you believe your picture to be an original, seek further advice from a local auction house or art dealer.
What is my painting of a bird by Stephen Hughs worth?
I wonder if your item is actually by the artist Stephen Hughes? Without seeing the item in person it is impossible to suggest a valuation, and as the name Stephen Hughs/Hughes is not an uncommon one, I think you probably need to show your item to someone with some experience of art valuation such as an auctioneer or art dealer.
I have an original Whistler etching, a dry point entitled 'Droulet the Sculpteur ', dated 1859. What would an original Whistler etching be worth?
There are quite a number of artists named Whistler, so there are no guarantees that your item is by James McNeill Whistler(1834-1903) although the date does tie-in, and he was certainly an active producer of high-quality etchings. James McNeill Whistler's etchings tend to sell for reasonable amounts of money, and if you look at the free auction price listings on findartinfo.com you will get a feel for the range of prices achieved at auction for works by this artist.
As with any well-known artist of this caliber, there are large numbers of fakes and copies in circulation. I recommend you approach an auction house with a dedicated art specialist on the team if you are hoping to sell your item. Please be aware that some form of provenance will be extremely helpful if you are to prove the authenticity of your etching.
Is there a place in the Raleigh, NC, area that offers free art appraisals?
As I am in the UK, I can't actually advise you without doing lots of online research. As I'm sure you know your local area well, you are better placed to investigate this query. Try Googling for local auction houses, and then telephone or email with your enquiry before turning up in person.
Is there a place that lists Ukrainian artists?
There is a list of Ukranian artists on Wikipedia, but this is unlikely to be comprehensive. The fact is that very few paintings are by well-known artists, and even fewer are are fabulously valuable. If you have a painting by a Ukranian artist and are able to identify his or her name (Wikipedia's useful page on translating Cyrillic alphabets might prove helpful) you could try searching on the specific artist, and following the tips in my article. If you feel you might have something special you could even try contacting the Russian Art specialist at any of the major auction houses for their advice.
I have a painting on board that is the cover of a Benedict Anton Aufschnaiter (1665-1742) cd. Is it worth anything in an art auction?
What you very likely have is a print of a vintage painting that has been reproduced as an album cover. Unless you have the original painting you are unlikely to have a valuable item. If you do own the original you could approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area who would be able to suggest a likely value.
I have a original oil painting of Geronimo. How do I know what it's worth?
You can research this yourself by inputting the artist's name into findartinfo.com. This will tell you whether the work might be by a 'listed artist' who's paintings have been sold at auction. You can then get an idea of the painting's possible value. You might also try following the hints and tips in the article above.
I have a painting by W. Amadio. Is it worth anything?
Any item is only worth what someone else is prepared to pay for it. Without seeing the painting in person it is impossible to know whether it is an attractive original picture in good condition in a good quality frame. All of these factors are very important. W. Amadeo's work does occasionally appear at auction. It doesn't, however, sell for vast sums. If you look at the auction price results on liveauctioneers.com you will see two or three examples which might give you some idea of likely value. This site is free to sign up to, and there is no charge for accessing their results pages.
I have an original signed photo by Wallace R MacAskill. The title is "Summer Antigonish NS 1932". I have read that it is rare. The size is about 8" x 10". It looks like the original frame with the artist's info and seal on back from The W.R. MacAskill Foundation. What would my MacAskill photograph be worth?
Photographic collectibles are a specialist field. I recommend you contact the relevant department of a large auction house by email including images of your item. If it is saleable they should be able to advise you of your options and provide you with a rough valuation. You might also take a look at the free auction price listings on the findartinfo.com site where over 30 examples of MacAskill's work are listed together with the prices achieved.
I have a Eugen von Blass painting similar to the painting 'Curiosity'. Could it be worth a lot?
Eugen von Blaas (Austrian, 1843–1932) was a talented portrait artist whose work sells well at auction. The UK based auction house, Christie's have an example in their July 2018 auction with an estimated value of GBP 12,000 - GBP 18,000 ($15,732 - $23,598)
If you believe that you have a genuine example of this artist's work it would certainly be worth seeking advice from one of the more specialist auction houses. Email in advance with your enquiry so that an appointment can be made with an expert familiar with Eugen von Blass's work.
I have three oil paintings by Clifford Lee. How can I determine the value of my Clifford Lee oil paintings and obtain a fair quote?
I suggest you contact an auction house with a dedicated art expert on the team. Email your inquiry in the first instance, providing photographs of your item, front and back. If the auction house is interested in marketing them on your behalf they will provide you with a rough estimate of what they are likely to achieve at auction. If, however, you are seeking a valuation for insurance purposes only, you will find appraisers and valuers in your local area by searching on line.
I have a large oil painting of Jesus wearing a red cape and crown of thorns and holding a cattail. It is signed by Joh Reisinger and dated 1849. It is truly a detailed and beautiful piece of art. I have had no luck searching the internet searching for this artist or this painting. Where else can I search? Please help.
Artnet.com has two images of paintings by Johann Reisinger both dated in the mid 1800s. Bidtoart.com has an image of a painting also attributed to someone of the same name, but not, I suspect, by the same artist. Unfortunately I am not a subscriber on either site, so I don't have access to price results.
It may well be that your painting is the work of someone with limited output whose work has passed through auctions in insufficient numbers to become a so-called 'listed' artist. Alternatively, you may have a work by an artist who lived in a country where artworks have remained in local collections, and have not reached the world-wide art market. You may well have better luck on German/Austrian/East European websites. Alternatively you could try sending an email inquiry with photographs to one of the more prestigious auction houses where they may have specialists in European art on the staff.
Is a black and white print of Queen Victoria entitled "Her First Quarrel" in an old wooden frame with a number written on the back worth any money? In the pic she has a head dress instead of a crown.
It's possible that you might have an original 19th-century engraving, but it's impossible to say without seeing the item in person. Images of Queen Victoria are popular collector's items, and you should be able to get advice from an auctioneer or art dealer in your local area.
I have a painting without a signature. It is of a young lady with both breasts exposed, and it is as if she is looking at you wherever you stand. It seems very old and the frames appear to be pure bronze. How can I find out more about the picture and its value?
Unfortunately it is incredibly difficult to identify the artist of an unsigned painting, and most unsigned pictures are destined to remain unattributed. If, however you have an attractive good quality artwork in a good quality frame, it is quite likely to be saleable even without a signature. You could perhaps seek advice from an auctioneer in your local area, or send a query email to one of the larger auction houses where they have more specialist experts on the staff. If you do go down this route be sure to include clear photographs of the painting from both front and back.
What is the value of Gregg Baker's 'On Diamond Water' limited edition 171 of 1500?
Australian artist Greg Baker has a world-wide following and his paintings of sea scapes are very attractive and popular. He has his own dedicated website gregbaker.com.au which he uses to showcase his art.
As Greg Baker is a living contemporary artist there are are not too many examples of pre-owned work on the market-place. This makes it hard to suggest a possible value. All pre-owned prints are likely to decrease in value in the short term, so you can expect your item to be worth less than a similar brand new version. The print may increase in value over time if Greg Baker's fame continues to grow. On the other hand, if the print is damaged or faded, the value will be less.
How do I find out how much a Puente oil painting is worth without having to pay an appraisal fee?
There are a number of listed artists with the surname Puente. Your painting might be by any one of them. If you believe that you are in possession of a valuable painting by one of the artists, and you are hoping to sell it, then I recommend contacting an auction house. Send an email query, and if the auctioneer thinks you have a potentially valuable item, they will invite you to bring it to them for their assessment. Alternatively, you could approach art dealers in your neighborhood for their advice. It's always worth getting offers from more than one art dealer, as they have a living to make, and there will inevitably be variation among possible offers.
I inherited from my parents an original signed oil painting by Austrian artist Josef Kugler senior. It measures 24" x 48". It is in excellent condition and a good frame. I honestly can't afford an appraiser, so can you give me some idea what I could ask for it?
I recommend that you look at the free auction price listings on findartinfo.com. There are over thirty paintings by Josef Kugler listed, many with 'sold' prices. This may give you a rough idea of its likely value.
I have a large oil still life painting by Bela Balogh-a vase of peonies, I believe. Can you recommend who to contact to sell it? I am in Ohio.
Hungarian artist Bela Balogh (1909-1980) often painted still-lifes featuring flower arrangements and a good example can make over $1,000 at auction. Unfortunately, as I am based in the UK I am not able to make recommendations regarding auction houses in Ohio. An internet search of auctioneers in your area should bring up a list of possibles, and it would be worth choosing one that offers dedicated art sales and has an art specialist on its team.
What would an oil painting by Edith Dunn be worth?
Edith Dunn was a British painter and illustrator active in the Netherlands during the years 1878–1906. She married the painter Thomas O. Hume and continued to paint using her married name. Over thirty of Edith Hume's works are included in the free auction price listings on Findartinfo.com. If you search these listings using her married name you will get a feeling for the kind of prices achieved at auction for this artist.
I have a copy of Philips Wouwerman's oli painting "The White Horse". The frame and the picture backing seem to be from the end of the 18th century or from the beginning of the 19th century. The size of the painting is 25×20cm. What is the price?
I have an Effie Faye, 'Indian Summer'. It was on display in 1970 at Los Angeles municipal art gallery. It is an original work oil painting, is it worth anything? I can't find anything on this artist online anywhere. Does it have any value?
I have never heard of this artist, although there is an artist called Alice Faye. However, there is an art trading card character called Faye who is also known as Effie. This is probably a complete co-incidence, but might be worth noting if your painting is in anyway reminiscent of Anime style artwork!
If you feel that your item might be of value, and you're having no luck with your research, you could perhaps take it to an art dealer or auction house in your local area for further advice.
I have a large framed Cathelin named "Winter Landscape Near Dammartin". I can't find much about it. Do you have any information that can help me?
French artist Bernard Cathelin (1919-2004) produced some extraordinary paintings using a vibrant, often non-naturalistic color palette. "Winter Landscape Near Dammartin" was one of these. I have no information regarding this specific painting. However, I do know that Cathelin's work is widely reproduced, and many of his paintings were printed off as lithographs and canvas reproductions, which can be tricky for a novice art collector to tell from an original. If you have a copy of this painting, but believe it might be the original, it might be worth asking an auction house or art dealer in your local area for advice.
I have three oil paintings done by Antonio Bin (Mona Lisa, La Bella Ferroniere, and Faboiola) purchased in 1954 from Antonio at the Louvre museum. I can not find information on the value of them but I do have a magazine in French (Noel Paris Match from 1962) about the artist and his copy of the Mona Lisa that he was allowed to paint in the museum and a copy of the original receipt for the purchase. How can I find the value of these paintings?
It is difficult to suggest a likely value for these paintings without seeing them in person. Given their provenance and the fact that you have documentation relating to their acquisition, it will be worth having them examined by someone from an auction house who may have a view as to their saleability and the amount they might achieve if sold at auction.
I have a painting by an artist called Siegel. It has the number F178 on the back. Can you help with any info on this painting?
If you search the free auction results listing on findartinfo.com, you will see that there are many artists with the name Siegel. It is impossible to guess which of these artists might have painted your picture, so I'm afraid I am unable to help. The number on the reverse might be a print number if it is a reproduction, or it could just as easily be an inventory number or an auction number.
What is the value of an ERTE ?
The French-born artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990) is better known by his pseudonym, Erté. He was a prolific artist and his work frequently passes through auction. If you search the free listings on the findartinfo.com website you will be able to see the range of prices achieved. Search under his correct name to find results for more than 1000 items entered into auctions in recent years.
I have a painting signed "Tatich '69." How much is it worth?
Although there is a listed artist signing himself "Tatich," there is no way of telling whether your painting is by that artist without seeing it in person. If you believe that you have a valuable item, and you are unable to research it yourself, a local auction house or art dealer might be able to point you in the right direction.
I have an oil painting called "Winter Morning" by an unknown artist. It measures 24" x 36" and is in an Anco Bilt stretcher. It also has the words "West Churchill Road, Washington Depot CT." I am totally stumped as to the name of the artist; it's just so hard to decipher. Do you have any tips?
It's really annoying when a signature is too vague to identify. I've often puzzled for hours over signatures, then had to admit defeat in the end. Realistically, the vast majority of original artwork on the second-hand market can be sold only at a price that reflects their value as purely decorative items. If you accept that fact as a given, you come to realise that the signature on most paintings is actually less important than the quality of the work and whether it is an attractive, pleasing item.
If you are determined to identify your artist and can decipher any of the letters, you might try comparing it to any of the online artist's signature resources. There are many good ones available.
I have a Picasso Painting on cardboard signed by Picasso. It is dated on top of the picture in glazed brush strokes. How much is this worth?
A genuine Picasso painting would be worth a great deal of money. You may well have a genuine Picasso, but your problem will be proving it sufficiently well for it to be a saleable item. Picasso forgeries are common-place, and an auction house will not market your item as a genuine Picasso without provable provenance, and the recognition of an expert on Picasso's art. If you have proof that your item is the real thing, and can demonstrate how it came into your possession, then approach a high-end auction house for further advice.
What is the value of a C.Rogers oil painting of Venice, Italy? It dates from the 1900's, and it's one of a kind. I cannot find information about the painting anywhere on the Internet. How do I get a price?
If you go on the findartinfo.com website and use the free access auction listings, you'll find that there are several artists called C. Rogers. Your painting might be by one of these artists, and you could possibly do an image search on each of them to get a comparison with your painting. Alternatively you could approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area for their advice. If you do go down the route of entering your item into auction, please be aware that there is likely to be a commission to be paid on the sale.
I have a painting signed by E.Embler. Is my painting worth anything?
There is an E. Embler listed in the free auction price listings on the findartinfo.com website. Assuming your picture is by the same E. Embler you might expect to achieve between $80 and $500 depending on the quality of the painting, the attractiveness and overall presentation.
I have an original religious Madonna with child painted around 1500. My art teacher in Memphis was Paul Penzner who was from Czechoslovakia and is an old style master. He cleaned and restored paintings from the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s. He did the cleaning on my painting. I inherited it, but I have no idea what it's worth. What would be the value of this piece of artwork?
It is impossible to value or appraise a work of art without seeing it in person. A genuine work of art from the period you suggest is likely to be fairly valuable and would need to be examined by a professional appraiser. You could reasonably approach a high-end auction house for advice. Email them in the first instance. You should include photographs of the painting and the back of it. If there is a signature, provide a close-up. You should also mention the full details of its provenance, and any proof of ownership.
I have a signed painting by D.A. Johnson entitled 'Early Morning Walk.' Is it worth anything? I also have a limited edition print by Debra Stroud, copy number 180/195.
I'm afraid that Johnson is an incredibly common sir-name, and the subject you describe is a popular one for artists to depict. It is quite literally impossible to guess which one of the many possible artists might have painted your picture, and for this reason, I recommend that you seek advice from either an auction house or antique/art dealer in your local area.
Debra Stroud has some work listed on Findartinfo.com. The paintings that have passed through auction to date have been valued at around $200. That is the typical price for an original work by this artist, and a print is likely to sell for a far smaller amount.
I have a portrait painting of a native American child wearing a headdress. The signature appears to be "A Stanley" but I cannot find the exact portrait anywhere online, and I want to know if it's worth anything. Do you know anything about this artist that would help me narrow down who painted it?
As you might imagine, there are quite a number of listed artists with the sir-name Stanley. There are also many, many more unlisted artists who are either talented amateurs or professional artists who are little known outside their local area. There is every possibility that you may never discover who the artist is. If you are determined to research the item yourself, you can try the free listings on the findartinfo.com website which give an indication of auction prices achieved by various artists. You can also try the Blouin Art Sales Index site, which doesn't give prices, but does sometimes show paintings that have been through auction, and again, this is a free search. Other than those two websites, you can also look on eBay and some of the other liveauction sites to see if work by this artist has been sold. Finally, once you've exhausted all avenues, you might want to show the painting to an auction house or art dealer in your local area and ask for their advice. Art research is a painstaking and long drawn out process which doesn't always yield results, but in the end, if you like the picture, you can always hang it on the wall and enjoy it!
What is the value of a signed Charles Meunier watercolor dated 1913?
It is impossible to accurately value a painting without seeing it in person. I recommend you take your item to either an auction house or an art dealer to seek their advice. Paintings by this artist are collectable and moderately valuable, but please be aware that there are many prints in existence, and these can sometimes be difficult to tell apart from a watercolour.
Do you know anything about G Kerschner's ship paintings? I'm curious to find out more about both the painter and the art! I'm having troubles finding this exact painting but I think it's called "Belship O". I can't tell because the writing is faded.
I'm afraid I have never heard of this artist, and a quick check on several reference sites has thrown no light onto your query. If your item is actually a print, it is is likely to be a relatively low value item, but it is impossible to give any accurate assessment without seeing the picture in person. If you have reason to suspect that the picture is valuable, and you want to sell it, I recommend you approach either an auction house or an art dealer in your local area.
I have an oil painting on canvas by Viggo Helsted, signed and dated 1910. It a landscape with farmhouses. A small area of the canvas is damaged and would require restoration. Any idea about the value of this piece?
Danish artist, Viggo Helsted (1861 − 1926) is best known for his paintings of ships and seascapes. His paintings come to auction fairly often, but tend not to achieve vast amounts. A damaged picture by this artist might make no more than a few hundred dollars at best. It is of course impossible to suggest a realistic value without actually seeing the painting, and if you are planning to sell it, please take further advice from an art dealer or auction house in your local area.
How much is an oil painting by Carlotti worth?
There are a number of saleable artists with the surname Carlotti. It is impossible to accurately identify which of them your painting is by without seeing the painting in person.
I have a very big oil painting. It is an original and is signed RJ Rogers 1879. It is of W.E Wordon's mother (in Ann Arbor?) The frame appears to be painted in gold, and looks like it is carved wood, do you know of the artist and the place it was painted and if it's worth taking to an auction?
Portraits are tricky things. Even when the quality is impressive, they often do not fetch as much as you would expect. After all, who wants a portrait of someone else's relative? The exceptions to this rule are where the subject is particularly attractive, or the artist is exceptionally well-regarded, for example, Vincent Van Gogh, or John Singer Sargent. The portrait you are enquiring about may be beautiful, but it's impossible to assess its value without seeing it n person. I recommend you show it to an art sales professional in your local area who may be able to give you further advice.
I have an oil painting signed Robert Gaston Herbert dated 1935. How much would you think it's worth?
It is impossible to value a work of art accurately without seeing it in person. However, I can tell you that Robert Gaston Herbert was an American artist active in the first half of the 20th century. His work rarely comes to auction, but I would suggest that a typical oil landscape by this artist in a good quality frame in good condition might make somewhere between $500 to $2500. I would recommend you get further advice from an art dealer or auctioneer in your local area if you are hoping to sell your item.
I have four John Leech Prints of hunting scenes with commentary underneath. I have found them on the web, but I am not sure if these are of the same value. How do I know their worth?
There is no fixed price for a work of art. An item is worth what another person is prepared to pay for it. You can use the price that you discovered on-line as a guide, but your item might reach a higher or lower price. There are no guarantees.
What is the value of a Bela Odonnall ?
It is impossible to accurately predict a likely value for a work of art without seeing it in person. Unfortunately I have never heard of the artist you mention, and a cursory check of on the internet reveals no likely candidates. There are many amateur artists who produce outstanding work who never become famous or well-known. Perhaps your painting is by one of those. If you like it, put it on your wall and enjoy it.
I have a Puente oil painting. Is it worth anything?
It is impossible to accurately assess the likely sale price of any painting without seeing it in person. There are a number saleable artists who use the name Puente, and you would need to have some idea which of them you are researching before you can find out more. I recommend you ask an art dealer or auction house in your local area for further advice.
What is the value of a Charlie Dye painting?
Charlie Dye (1906-1972) was an American artist who often depicted the cowboys and native Americans of the wild West. His work is highly collectable and fetches substantial sums at auction. Even pencil sketches go to auction with estimates in the low $1000s.
What is a reproduction of a George Inness painting worth?
It is impossible to give a realistic valuation of a work of art without seeing it in person. However, a printed copy of a painting is unlikely to have a great value unless it is a limited editiom print and has an original artist's signature. If alternatively, your reproduction is a very good hand painted copy, it may have some value, but this will depend on the quality of the art work, its condition, presentation and overall condition.
I have a Paris street scene in oil by C. Burnett. Could it be worth anything?
Caroline Burnett's paintings often feature the streets of Paris. Her work frequently comes to auction, and typically sells for anywhere between the low hundreds up to around $1,000, depending on the size, quality, and condition of the painting as well as its overall desirability. If you were to buy a painting by this artist from an established gallery, you might well expect to pay more than $1,000.
I have an 'Age of Innocence' picture, but it is really hard to make out whether it is in the original frame. It's very old, with a paper-backed frame. It looks like an oil, but also looks like a print. What do you think?
Sir Joshua Reynolds painted "Age of Innocence" in 1788. It hangs in the Tate Gallery in London. You may have a print, or you may have a painted copy. In times gone by, aspiring artists would make copies of famous works, and if you have one of these of a sufficiently high standard in a good quality frame, it may well fetch a reasonable price at auction. However, if you have one of the many, many prints in circulation, the value may well come down to the quality of the frame and is likely to be less than £100/$70. It is of course, impossible to tell without actually seeing the item in person.
I have a Doris Jenney oil painting, and it's in great condition. Do you have any idea of its value or where I could sell it?
Doris Jenney's works can occasionally be found on eBay. They certainly have a resale value, though, I suspect, not an amazingly high one. Try looking on live auction sites and on eBay to get a feel for the type of painting you have, as some examples of her work do better than others. The value will depend on overall quality, condition, and attractiveness. Ms. Jenney is not yet an artist whose signature alone will secure a good price. If you want to sell the painting, either try a local auction house, art dealer, or eBay; you could also go down the live, online auction route. If you sell online, remember to factor in a sensible amount for likely shipping costs.
I have an original pen sketch by Denyse de Bravura dated 1945, but I can't find anything about it online. What is the value of a 1945 Denyse de Bravura original pen sketch? It is also framed.
Denyse Bravura (1918-1993) is certainly a listed artist. Examples of her line work may be easily discovered online via a simple google search. Another website (again, easily found with a google search) lists examples of her sold work with prices: http://denyse-de-bravura.artworkdatabase.com/.
I have a Rossi painting. Is it worth anything?
It is impossible to value or appraise a painting without actually seeing it in person. There are many artists with the name Rossi, and some of them are collectible. I recommend that you take your painting to either an auction house or an art dealer for further advice.
I have a signed John Steuart Curry limited edition print. Is it worth anything?
John Steuart Curry (1897-1946) is certainly a listed American artist, and his signed lithographs are definitely saleable. However, condition and desirability are also important factors. If you are hoping to sell this item, I recommend you approach some local art dealers or an auction house for further advice. When approaching art dealers, it is always worth getting several offers, as you'll appreciate that they have a living to make, and won't necessarily offer top dollar for every item.
I have an oil painting of P. Wong with three ships. How can I find out it's worth?
It is impossible to give an accurate estimation of a painting's likely resale value without seeing it in person, so my advice is always to approach an auction house with an art specialist on board, or to get offers from more than one art dealer. You might also try looking up P Wong paintings on eBay where you'll find quite a selection.
I have an Antonio painting. How can I find out it’s worth?
There are a great many artists named Antonio, and it is also a name used on some of the artworks generated by the painting factories in Dafen, China. As with all works of art, the value is what another person is prepared to pay for it. It is impossible for a valuer or appraiser to give an accurate indication of likely value without seeing the artwork in person, and even a rough estimate is impossible without a clear indication of the specific artist. I'm afraid that the name 'Antonio' could suggest one of some artists, or indeed, could be the Westernized signature adopted by an artist from an art factory in China.
I have a Carlo pastel of a Spanish horseman in an archway. Have you ever seen this anywhere?
There are probably many artists signing themselves Carlo, as is a fairly common name in certain parts of the world. It is impossible to comment on a work of art with so little information. If you have reason to believe that your item might be valuable I recommend that you seek further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have an oil painting that has Alberto Vitali on it. Is he an actual artist?
Alberto Vitali was an Italian artist who was born in 1898 and died in 1974. Several works by Vitali have been sold at auction, mainly in Italy. If you are considering selling your item, it may be worth seeking advice from an auction house, but do bear in mind that art sold at auction is subject to commission, and this should be taken into account when placing paintings for sale.
I have an oil painting signed "Lawrence Kennedy." It's of a mother and child with a girl looking at the baby near the mother. With the dresses and room surroundings, it looks like it's set in the 1800s. Do you know of this artist?
I suspect that your picture might be by an artist called George Lawrence Kennedy born in 1884, and connected with Primrose Hill Studios. I can find very little information on this artist, but you will readily find examples of his portraiture on-line, and you may be able to look for similarities in style. Your item sounds charming, and if it is as attractive as your description suggests it is probably worth taking it to an auctioneer or an art dealer for further advice.
I have three paintings of ballerinas, and one of mountains. They are all by Joseph Caggiano. Can I get a quote on their worth?
Works by Joseph Caggiano are beginning to trickle into auction houses, but they are not high-value items at present. A pair of oil paintings of boats signed J. Caggiano recently sold at auction for $45. This may not be a typical result, but there is very little sales information available regarding this artist.
Any advice selling framed paintings by Philip Sandee and K. Yoshii?
I wonder if the first artist you mention is in fact the Dutch artist Philippe Sadee (1837-1904)? His paintings of boats and ships sell well at auction and sometimes sell for substantial amounts of money. You can get some idea of just how much by researching the artist on the free listings on the findartinfo.com website. K Yoshii is also a listed artist, and you will also be able to get information on the website I have suggested.
As described in the article above, there are many options for selling art. High ticket items often do best at auction, but you can also sell via an art dealer, or via an auction listings site such as eBay. I would personally prefer to go via an auction house if I were the owner of a Sadee, but that must be your decision.
My mother has inherited a painting done in 1871. It is signed FG Stephens. It is of the family ranch in Napa Valley. Drawn in pencil and we think painted in watercolor. She has no clue how to get it appraised. Any advice?
If you are looking to get your picture appraised for insurance purposes then you should simply put 'art appraisal services' into your search engine followed by the name of your local area. There is normally a fee for such services. If, however, you are looking to sell your item, then you should approach a local auction house or art dealer for further advice, as it is impossible to give a realistic approximation of value without seeing the picture.
I have "A Girl With a Broom." It is a European picture numbered "8832." Is it worth anything?
It is impossible to value or appraise a work of art without seeing it in person. I suspect your item might, in fact, be a print of the famous painting by Rembrandt. If you do an internet search using 'Girl with a broom Rembrandt painting' you should easily find an image of this picture. If this is what you have, it will only have a limited value, as it will be one of many, many reproductions.
I have several paintings by the famous Mexican artist Socram. What is the value range?
If you refer to the website findartinfo.com, you will find that the artist Marcos Hernandez Garcia (also known as Socram) has only one auction listing. The value of the item sold was $225 (USD). There is a painting by the same artist currently listed on eBay with a suggested starting price of $180 USD. There are no bids at present, but you might want to see how that auction goes to get a feeling for any possible interest in similar works.
Are oil paintings by deceased Chilean artist Alberto Logos valuable?
I'm sorry, but I have never heard of this artist, and a quick search on the internet reveals nothing useful. Please do bear in mind that there are many, many competent artists who are never more than talented amateurs, or whose output is so limited that they never receive acclaim outside of their local area. Work by this kind of artist does occasionally make it to auction, but their pictures will only sell for large sums if they are unusually attractive, or if they are associated with someone well-known. You might try a local auction house or art dealer for further advice.
What is the value of a Garzon painting?
There are quite a number of listed artists with this name, and probably quite a number of unknown artists too. You might try looking at findartinfo.com to see if any of the Garzons listed there fits the bill.
I have a T Clark Oliver painting I would like to sell, could it be worth anything?
Paintings attributed to American artist Thomas Clarkson Oliver (1827-93) occasionally come to auction, and usually achieve somewhere in the range of $300 to $1700, depending on the desirability, presentation, and overall condition of the item. An particularly attractive example has been known to exceed this range.
I have a Paris street scene painted by Jean Moulin. Could it be worth anything?
If you search on the findartinfo.com website you will find two artists with the name Jean Moulin listed as having had works sold through auction. Findartinfo also lists the prices achieved. It is possible that you may have a work by one of these two artists, in which case your painting might be worth somewhere between a couple of hundred dollars, and three or four thousand dollars depending on the subject matter, the presentation, and the interested bidders in any given auction room.
I have a painting of a vase with yellow roses signed by D. Desmond. How much is it worth?
I am not aware of a listed artist by the name of D Desmond. There are probably quite literally hundreds of people painting who have this name. It is therefore impossible to guess how much this item is likely to be worth, but if you feel it might be valuable, you should seek further advice from an auction house or art and collectables dealer in your local area.
My friend has an oil painting by Attwood in New Zealand, could it be valuable?
As you'll no doubt appreciate, it is impossible to give a realistic valuation for a piece of artwork that you have never seen. Often people imagine they have valuable works of art when in fact they only have a print, a copy, or even a fake! That said, I am happy to confirm that works by Thomas Reginald Attwood (c.1865-1926), the British-born New Zealand artist, are both sought after and collectible. Expect to pay upwards of $500 U.S. dollars for an example of his work.
I believe I have an oil on canvas painting by B Giovanni. It portrays a woman reaching to put a wreath on a tall statue of Jesus. There is also a cherub by the head of Jesus. Is this likely to be valuable?
There were a number of B Giovannis painting during the 15th/16th centuries. There were several pictures created around this time which depict the baptism of Christ, and they may be similar to your description. It is of course impossible to say without seeing the painting in person. If you were to have an original painting from that era it would almost certainly be a valuable item, and would be the kind of thing you might well see in a museum. I suspect that your item may be some kind of print or other reproduction, but the only way to be certain is if you show the item to an auction house or art and antiques dealer in your local area. Meanwhile, you could try googling 'B Giovanni Christ Painting' in images, to see if you can see something similar to your picture.
I have a picture of a buffalo with two young ones lying in a grassy plain, signed "J. Bell." I don't believe it is an original as there are no obvious brush strokes, but I cannot find the original online. Could it be worth something?
It sounds as though you may have a print of a Julie Bell painting. Julie Bell is a renowned wildlife artist, and she has her own webpage with examples of her work for sale. I have had a quick look through, and your item sounds as though it might be a print of 'Madison River Morning.' Of course, it is impossible to give any realistic advice without seeing the item in person, and you might want to have it looked at by a dealer in art and collectibles. If it is an original, then it is likely to be very saleable, but if it is a print, the value will be that of any other purely decorative item.
I have a pair of pictures that look very old. On the back of each of the pictures, the cardboard backing has a circular stamp done in black ink. The stamps say 'property of Art Pub. Co. Chicago, Illinois', and there is a handwritten note in the corner saying 'Dec.25,1944 Gretch'. I don't know what to do to find out if the pictures are of value or even what year they are really from. Can you give me an idea of where to see if they are worth anything?
Auction houses, and art/antique dealers are generally the ideal people to help ascertain the value, particularly if you are hoping to sell your pictures. You should easily find someone to advise you in your local area by searching online. Email or telephone in advance with your inquiry.
I suspect that your pictures may be prints. The hand-written name and date suggest that they were a Christmas gift. Of course, without seeing them in person, it's impossible to say for sure.
I have a painting called "Winter Mist," signed by Wijmer. Is it valuable?
Wijmer was born in 1870 in the Netherlands. His best-known painting is "Mountain Mist" which apparently sold for around $200,000 at auction. If you have a genuine Wijmer that you wish to sell, you should approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area. However, do be aware that there may well have been reproductions made of this painting, and if you in fact only have a print, it will probably have only a fraction of the value of an original.
I have an oil painting done by "Van de Pas," with the first name being, "Ma." I also have one by an artist named either "TGHAKNZTT" or "RXTHAKNZTT." There are three Siamese cats done in oil. The dimensions are 32" x 24". The back has a stamp stating " Siamese Cats" by "583." Any knowledge of either artists?
There are several listed artists with the sir-name "Van de Pas," but none with the first name "Ma." Your second query is incredibly vague, and I wonder if your artist's name is written in a Cyrillic alphabet, as it doesn't seem to suggest a typical West European-style name. If you think this is a possibility you might try looking at the Cyrillic alphabets listed on Wikipedia to identify your artist. However, the fact that the painting is stamped on the reverse with a number and name makes me suspect that it could, in fact, be some kind of reproduction or copy, perhaps from a Chinese art factory, such as those at Dafen. It is, of course, impossible to give any real insight without seeing the paintings in person, and for this reason, I suggest you show them to an art dealer or auction house in your own local area.
I have a painting by Grutzner. It depicts a monk carrying steins and a loaf of bread. There is an inscription beneath the signature but is hard to read. Is this artist very well known, or is his work valuable?
German-born artist Eduard Theodor Ritter von Grützner (May 26, 1846 – April 2, 1925) was especially noted for his genre paintings of monks. His paintings regularly pass through auction, and often sell for several thousand US dollars. There are, however, lots of 'copies' around, and you need to be aware of this when selling your item.
I have a large painting by F Wagner. It depicts two cottages with a bridge and ducks swimming in the water. Is this a valuable item?
Wagner is a fairly common sirname, and although there are several listed artists signing themselves in this way, it is impossible to decide which it might be without seeing the item in person. If you intend to sell the painting, I recommend that you approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area who may be able to advise you further.
I have a painting of Roses by L Hope. On the back is "This is an original work of art 29689 unlawful to copy World Wide Art". What can you tell me about this, and could it be worth anything?
There is an artist using the signature 'L Hope' who specializes in paintings of flowers, roses in particular. However, without seeing the item in person, it is impossible to say whether it is by that particular artist. You mention that there is a 'Worldwide Art' label on the reverse, which suggests to me that the item might, in fact, be a print of some description. Worldwide Art is a company that produces reproductions of good quality paintings. Prints are generally not as valuable as original works by the same artist.
I have a clown painting that is signed "Jullian". Can you tell me what it's worth?
It is impossible to give an accurate valuation without seeing the item in person. However, I can tell you that numerous paintings by the artist Julian Ritter have passed through auction, and you can get a feel for the typical price range by looking at the free listings on findartinfo.com. You might also wish to look at online auction sites such as eBay where several of his works are currently on offer.
How much would a variety of Terry Redlin paintings worth?
It's unclear from your question whether you mean original paintings, or lithographic reproductions of which there are large numbers in circulation. If you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website (there is no charge for this) you will be able to access the sold prices, together with images of many of Redlin's lithographs.
What is the likely value of a painting produced on a black felt or cloth background?
It is impossible to value any artwork accurately without seeing it in person. Your description of this artwork is too vague to make any sensible suggestion other than to recommend that you seek further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area. Alternatively, you might try marketing it on a live auction site.
I found an oil painting by Jim Patterson from the Patterson Gallery, how would I know if it is real and what it's worth?
It is impossible to tell whether a painting is real, genuine, and not a print without seeing it in person. An auctioneer or art dealer in your area may be able to help you with this.
Jim Patterson's work does occasionally appear at auction, but the pictures I have come across have not been big-ticket items. If you look at the price results page on liveauctioneers.com you can see a couple of examples. There are also a few current listings for this artist on ebay.com.
Who is the artist C. Gray?
There are hundreds of thousands of artists in the world, some professional, but mostly amateur. A painting by C. Gray may well be by one of the fifteen or so artists by this name currently listed on findartinfo.com, or it could just as easily be by an unlisted amateur. There are useful examples with images on the liveauctioneers.com website. You may find this a helpful place to use for research. It costs nothing to sign up to, and there is no fee for accessing past auction results.
I have an original Oil Painting by A J Stark (1831-1902) which is in the original frame. It appears to be in good to very good condition. The picture is of 4 cows (1 standing 3 sitting) in a field. Size 215 x 130 mm. There is a dealer name on the back, (Mandell's Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk) Also (London Polak Gallery, Reference/catalog code (4704). What can you tell me of the value of this A.J. Stark painting for insurance purposes?
It's impossible to give an accurate valuation for an item without seeing it in person. If you require an official insurance valuation you need to take your item to a certified valuer. You should be able to find one with an internet search.
I have a W. Richards oil painting measuring 17.5" x26". Do you know this artist W. Richards? It's still in its original frame.
There are several listed artists signing themselves as W. Richards. However, one, in particular, seems to have been fairly prolific, and there are numerous examples of his work together with price results on the liveauctioneers.com website. This site is free to sign up to and there is no charge for accessing their price results pages.
I have an oil painting signed by John R. Winston. It's an outdoor scene with houses, trees, pond, sea with a white sailboat. Is it valuable?
Your painting sounds a lot like the one by this artist currently shown in the price results pages og liveauctioneers.com. This site requires only an email address to sign up to, then the price results are free to access.
Any item is only worth as much as another person is prepared to give you for it. Some artists have become well known and collectable, but this doesn't always mean that their work has more merit than a painting by one of the hundreds of thousands of amateur artists who are not famous and not collectable. Your picture may well be by one of these hobby artists who turn out beautiful work that has only a value that reflects its worth as a purely decorative item. If you like your painting, put it on the wall and enjoy it. Not all good paintings are valuable in monetary terms. If, however, you feel strongly that your picture is a hidden gem, seek further advice from an art sales professional such as an auctioneer in your local area.
I have an original painting by Jozsef Litkei, is it worth anything?
Jozsef Litkei (1924-1988) was a Hungarian artist whose loosely painted watercolours were executed in vibrant colours. They don't often come to auction, but there are a small number of listings on the findartinfo.com website which is free to access.
If you are hoping to sell your painting you could perhaps try entering it into a local auction where you should be provided with an estimate of likely sale price. Alternatively you could approach a local art dealer, or enter the picture onto an on-line auction such as ebay.
I have a picture in an old gold frame. It is entitled "Retreat by the Sea" and is etched by Ernest C. Rost. How can I find out more about it?
American artist Ernest Christian Rost (1867 - 1940) was a talented artist who specialized in producing highly competent etchings of rural scenes. If you sign up to the website liveauctioneers.com (this is free to join and to access) you can see numerous examples of this artists etchings that have passed through auction, together with the sale prices that they achieved.
I have a Frances Hook drawing of "The Carpenter" with "special markings". How do I find its value?
The Frances Hook painting of 'The Carpenter' has been reproduced many times. There are numerous examples on-line including a couple of current listings on eBay and Etsy. I'm guessing that you probably have one of these prints. Its value will be what someone else is prepared to give you for it. If you are hoping to sell your item, you could try listing it on an on-line auction site such as eBay, or you could approach a local auctioneer or art dealer for further advice.
I have what I think is a print called "La Voie Lactee" by Gaston Gerard . It has #35 on it. Is this worth anything?
Prints are generally worth less than original artworks by the same artist. The Art Nouveau style works of Gaston Gerard have been reproduced many times, so the value of your item might be quite limited. It is impossible to say for certain without seeing the picture in person.
"La Voie Lactee" translates as The Milky Way, and I have yet to see a listing for this particular item either in the original French or in translation. This may mean that it is an unusual example, or it could mean that it is also known as something else. Have a look at the free to access lisings on liveauctioneers.com and findartinfo.com to get some idea of the possible value of your item.
I have a fingerpainting given to me by my parents. It is by famous West Coast artist Gen Matucha in the original frame, circa 1953, signed by the painter herself. I'm interested in getting an evaluation of the painting to sell it. The name is "Torii Bridge". How can I get this appraised?
If you are looking for a valuation with a view to accurately insuring your painting, then you might try searching on-line for appraisers or valuers in your local area. You may need to find someone with the correct accreditation to have the valuation accepted by your insurers and you need to check what is required before you go ahead.
If you are looking to sell your item, and simply wish to know what kind of amount you might possibly receive then you can either enter it into an auction at a guide price suggested by the auctioneer, or you can offer it to one or more art dealers to see what they are prepared to offer. The price results pages of liveauctioneers.com have a number of works by Gen Matucha listed, and you might like to compare your picture to those shown to get some idea of likely value before you decide on the appropriate way forward.
I can't find anybody that knows the value of an Anne Julia Rant painting. I would like to sell. Who can help me?
There are a number of paintings by Ann Julia Rant currently listed on eBay. Her work doesn't appear at auction very often, so it's difficult to give any up to date guidance on likely value. If you are hoping to sell you could try approaching an auction sale room or art dealer in your area for advice.
I have several oil paintings that I inherited. They were painted by my great grandfather in the 1930s and 1940s. His name was Arthur Howard Beecher. The frames on several paintings were carved by my grandfather as well. Are antique paintings by an unknown artist valuable?
Paintings by unknown artists often sell at auction. They are unlikely to make vast sums unless there is something exceptional about them, but they will often do surprisingly well if they are well-painted, attractive pictures in good frames. Every so-called 'listed' artist was once an unknown. Everyone has to start from somewhere, so maybe you could seek advice from a local auction house with experience of the kind of paintings that are popular in your area?
I have a beautiful oil painting with a very dark background and a case with flowers and fruit. It's in a beautiful older style frame. I believe it's. 30"×40". The bottom right corner of the painting is signed 'Crookes' in red oil paint. It has a label on the back that says; Artist - Crookes, with a date of 1964 and the number S9503114. Do you have any information on either the painting or the artist?
You'll no doubt appreciate that there are hundreds of thousands of pre-owned paintings in circulation, and it would be impossible to be familiar with every one of them. The fact that this painting has what appears to be an inventory number on it makes me suspect that it may possibly be either a print on canvas or a picture that has been sold by a gallery holding a large stock of similar items.
There are numerous 20th century artists with the sir-name Crooks, however, the spelling Crookes with an 'e' is less common. If you are having difficulty resarching this item on your own, you could perhaps seek further advice from an auctioneer or art dealer in your local area.
I have a painting on canvas signed "Newman" and I'm having trouble comparing to other "Newmans" I'm finding online. I am fairly certain it's from around 1950s. The colors are vibrant and it is in excellent condition. Any idea what it may be worth?
If you search on the auction price listings on findartinfo.com you will discover over 100 different artists with the sir-name "Newman" and these are just the ones whose work has passed through auction. There will no doubt be many more who are unlisted amateurs or professional artists with only limited output. Newman is an incredibly common name so the chances of identifying the artist without seeing the picture in person are extremely limited.
It might be worth looking at the auction price results pages of liveauctioneers.com which include useful images, and there is no joining fee for the website. Other than that my best suggestion is that you could try showing your item to an art dealer or auctioneer in your local area.
I have a Monet original on board called 'Puppy Love'. Is this very valuable?
I suspect that your item is either not by the famous French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, or else is a copy or a print of a Monet picture which has been given the name 'Puppy Love'. Without seeing it in person it is impossible to say with any certainty. Claude Monet was French, and would have given his paintings French names. An English name such as 'Puppy Love' would be a translation, or perhaps a name made-up to describe the picture. No doubt there are numerous other, not so famous, artists with the name 'Monet'.
It might be worth you signing up to the liveauctioneers.com website (this is free) and looking at their price results page. This would help you see the kind of prices achieved for artwork signed with the name 'Monet'.
I believe I have two original watercolor paintings by H. Cheppy (France). The back of one says 1926. There are also comments on the reverse from an art teacher. The paper looks really old. Are these valuable ?
It is impossible to give an accurate valuation without seeing the paintings in person. However, the limited information available on Henri Cheppy suggests that he was a competent and accomplished watercolourist. If you have two good examples in reasonable condition and in attractive frames, it is likely that the paintings will have some modest value as decorative items. A local auctioneer or art dealer should be able to advise you how best to market them.
I have a 20 x 28 oil painting by G. Vitale. The information on the back of the painting says he was born 1923 in Italy. The painting is of a man and a woman and is painted portrait style. How do I find the value and the name of the painting?
I don't have any specific information about this artist, but I can tell you that there are a number of portraits by G. Vitale listed in the auction price results pages of Liveauctioneers.com. This site is free to sign up to and to use. The results may give you a feeling for the likely value of your item. There are also a couple of G. Vitale paintings currently listed on eBay. If you are hoping to sell your item you could seek further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have a painting dated 1894 with a signature that looks like S.Nettriztan, is it worth anything?
It isn't possible to give an accurate indication of likely value without seeing the item in person. The name that you have given here is not an artist I'm familiar with. I have checked it on a few listing sites and drawn a blank. It may be a different name altogether. It might be worth looking at an online artist's signature resource to see if you can find a similar signature amongst those listed.
I have an original Peter Howell painting, "The Last Furlong". Can you tell me the value of this painting?
It isn't possible to accurately assess an item's value without seeing it in person. If you look at the auction results pages on liveauctioneers.com you will find numerous examples of Peter Howell's work together with the prices achieved at auction. This should give you a rough idea of the range of prices typically made by this artist.
How much is a Thomas Kinkade print of 'The Home is Where the Heart is' worth?
Thomas Kinkade prints are amazingly popular, and resell incredibly well considering how many of them are in circulation. If you look at the listings on eBay.com you should get an idea of the kind of money they sell for. There is no fixed price. So much depends on the quality of the frame and the condition of the print, as well as who is looking to buy and how much they are prepared to pay on the day.
I have an original illustration by artist Frank Richards. It was an illustration for the Red Axe book. How can I value this drawing?
The liveauctioneers.com website has several examples of this artist's work in the auction price results listings. There is no charge for signing up for this website, and you can look at illustrated auction entries and see the prices achieved. If you compare your item to the similar ones listed you should be able to glean a rough idea of likely value.
I have what appears to be an original John Constable oil on canvas painting: Dedham Lock & Mill. It is framed and the back label says Victoria & Albert Museum London 1820. Some minor flaws in frame and small water spots on painting. Can you advise?
John Constable painted Dedham Lock and Mill in 1820. The original painting is currently in the ownership of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This particular painting has been reproduced a great many times, both as a print on paper, and as a print on canvas. Reproductions of this painting exist in large numbers, and are consequently of limited value. I suspect your picture is one of these prints, but it's impossible to say without seeing it in person.
Is artwork by Thomas Crane and Walter Crane of any value?
Both Walter Crane and Thomas Crane have listings in the results pages of liveauctioneers.com and on eBay. Have a look at these two sites, and compare your items to get a rough idea of potential value.
I believe my santa painting is signed A Sindoni. How do I find if I’m correct and its value?
There are a couple of Armand Sindoni pictures in the auction results pages of the liveauctioneers.com website that you can look at for comparison purposes. If you feel that your painting is by the same artist and you want to sell, it may be worth taking it to a local auction house or art dealer. Please bear in mind that selling through auction will usually incur a commission fee. Art dealers also need to make a living, but don't be afraid to haggle, or to take your picture to several dealers to find the best offer,
I have a painting with a stamp on it that reads 'Age of Innocence' by Reynolds / Chelsea Process Painting Exact Replica of Original Oil Painting Faithfully Showing Each Brushmark', with the number 5S27 on the back. Is this worth anything?
Sir Joshua Reynolds painting 'The Age of Innocence' is a charming portrait of a young girl. It is an extremely well-known image and has been reproduced many, many times. Some of these reproductions do have a modest value, however, the majority are very low ticket items. It sounds as though you either have an oiliograph print, or a hand produced copy. It's impossible to know for certain without seeing the item in person. It might, therefore be worth researching the value of similar items on Ebay, Etsy and liveauctioneers.com. You may well see something very similar on one or other of these sites.
You talk about researching signatures a lot but what if the painting does not have a signature? I have a panel that ( on the back) is very old wood. I don’t use the term “old” lightly as I work on antiques and am around them all day. Who would I contact about a painting without any signatures or writing?
Paintings, like so many other things in life, are worth more if they happen to have the right name on them. That is why we research signatures in the hope that we will have an item created by a famous or collectible artist. However, many pre-owned paintings have no signature whatsoever. The vast majority of these are destined to remain anonymous, and this is especially true of antique paintings. That said if a picture has survived a century or more without being destroyed it is likely to be of some merit. It certainly sounds as though you have an item that deserves a professional opinion. The larger, well-known salerooms such as Sotheby's and Christie's all have specialist valuers who have the right expertise to identify potentially valuable works of art. Obviously, I haven't seen your artwork so I can't judge whether it is likely to be a rare and sought after item, but it doesn't hurt to get advice, and auctioneers are often the best people to ask.
I have an original 1960's painting by Hyacinthe Kuller. It is part of the Mother and Child collection. Can anyone tell me if they are interested in puchasing it and/or what the price should be?
If you look at the auction results listings on Liveauctioneers.com (this site makes no charge for accessing these results) you will quickly see that paintings by this artist often fail to sell, and when they do sell, there is quite a range of prices. If you then compare these results with the listings on ebay.com you will see that there is quite a contrast. The listings on ebay are priced on the high side. Most suggest that they will accept offers. There is a massive disparity between these two sites. If you are hoping to sell your painting you can either put it up for sale at a fixed price or you can take your chances at auction. I reccommend that you research similar paintings by this artist, and make your decision based on that research.
I have an original painting with real gold paint used. My Father willed it to me. It's from overseas. I am wondering what it's worth? It appears to be an original framed painting signed by Sevilla Patio de Los Naranjos.
Your painting is of a place called 'Patio de Los Naranjos' in Seville in Spain. The signature is, in fact, the title of the picture. Without seeing the picture in person I cannot give you an informed opinion as to the likely artist or its possible value. You could try doing an internet search for paintings of the same subject, as artists often repeat their work using variations on a theme. You might see another similar one which could help you find out more about the painter.
I have a Sam Coty oil painting on canvas. The painting depicts a rocky coastline that is perhaps the Rockport area. Is it valuable?
Works by this artist do appear in salerooms from time to time. Liveauctioneers.com currently has seven listings for Sam Coty together with images of the works sold, and prices achieved at auction
I have an old abstract painting from 1959 by an artist called J.M Ley, how much is it worth?
I have done a quick search of the websites I subscribe to, and I cannot find any trace of this artist. This basically means that his or her work has not been recorded as having passed through auction. It doesn't, however, mean that it has no value. If it is an attractive item in good condition in a nice frame, there is every chance that you will be able to sell it, but until you put it through auction, or sell it by some other method, you won't actually know its worth.
I have two paintings, one of of men playing cards and the other of men drinking whisky. I think the signature says Guy. Can you help?
The information you have provided is too vague for me to give you an opinion. Try doing an internet image search on 'card players painting' and 'whisky drinkers painting'. You may something similar on-line that will give you some clues.
I have an old etching. On the back of the frame there is sticker possibly from the seller. It says it's an original etching by John Cameron. The date of the sticker is 3rd March 1906. It was sold by Taylor & Brown fine art experts. I can't find out anything about it and the only John Cameron I can find is the one who lived in 1828-1876. Can you help?
You could try signing up to liveauctioneers.com. This site is free to sign up to and once they have your email address you can access their auction results pages. There are several etchings by John Cameron listed on there. Please bear in mind that the sticker on your item might have been applied long after the artist completed his work.
I have a Greg Copeland Chromagraph stunning geisha playing shamisen. 40x30". It has a few minor scratches. I haven't found another one like it on any site. Is it of value?
Greg Copeland items frequently appear on ebay.com, and there is a geisha currently listed. Have a look at the listings, and these should give you an indication of your item's likely value.
Does removing the backing of a picture devalue a picture? I work at a thrift store and need to check if it's a picture or poster in a frame before I can price it.
This is a tricky question. The more intact a picture is, the more convincing it is as an original item. That said, many paintings are relined, reframed, cut down, cleaned etc. during their lifetimes, and somehow they retain their values. If you are in doubt as to whether your item is an original or a print, look at the surface under a magnifying glass. If the picture is comprised of tiny, regular dots, then it is definitely a print. Conversely, you may be able to see brushstrokes and texture under magnification that will indicate a painting.
Where can I have an old oil painting signed by the German painter Michael Zeno Diemer appraised?
If you are looking for an appraisal for insurance purposes you first need to find out exactly what paperwork is required from your insurers, then do an internet search for suitably accredited appraisers in your local area.
If you are looking for valuation because you are hoping to sell, then you can research yourself on-line. The work of German maritime artist Michael Zeno Diemer tends to do quite well at auction, and if you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website (they only need your email address, there is no fee for joining) you can browse the numerous examples of this artist's work currently shown in the price results pages. You will be able to see the range of prices usually achieved, and this will give you some idea of current value.
I have four oil paintings of native American Indians signed by 'Quapaw'. Do you know who this might be?
The Quapaw people are a tribe of Mid-Western Native Americans. My guess is that your paintings are of Quapaw people rather than by an artist called Quapaw.
My watercolour picture is dated 1886 by Alfred Scott Broad. It is 1ft 7in heigh and 1ft 4in wide and depicts a boat on a river. There are paintings in the South Australian art gallery by this artist. I’m wondering what my inherited picture is worth?
If you are looking for a valuation for insurance purposes you need to find an accredited valuer in your area who can provide you with the correct paperwork. Check with your insurers to find out what information or documentation is required.
If you are hoping to sell, find a good quality auction house with an art expert on the team who can give you an estimate of likely sales value. Alternatively, you could approach one or more art dealers to see what you might be offered. It is usually best to email your inquiry in the first instance. Include photos of your item from both front and back and include a close up of the signature, and as much information about provenance as you have available. Paintings by this artist don't often come to auction, so it may be difficult to get a completely accurate valuation.
I have six oil paintings by Leonard Wren. They were painted in 1979. They are very nice paintings. Where would a good place be to sell them?
You have a number of options. You could put them through an auction. You could sell them either to or through an independent art dealer. You could sell them privately by advertising them in an appropriate publication, or else through an online auction site such as eBay, You could also contact the Leonard Wren website and ask for their recommendations. Sometimes living artists will buy back early works. You have to do whatever is best and easiest for you.
I have an old painting that's been in the family for decades. I can't find any markings or a name on it. I've tried the reverse image searches and haven't found anything. What can I do? Help please.
Realistically, it is a massive task to identify an old painting that has no signature and literally no clues as to provenance or where it might have originated. If you consider that there are hundreds of thousands of artists worldwide, many of whom are either amateurs or professional artists who have only produced a very small body of work, you will begin to see that not every unattributed picture can be identified. For example, near where I live there is a local community art club, many of whom are brilliantly talented artists, but it's not their sole focus in life, and they turn out just a handful of pictures each year. No doubt, in years to come people will look at their work and wonder if they have found something special. Of course, in one sense they will have. A painting that pleases and delights won't always be a painting by a famous artist, nor even by a collectible artist. If you like this painting, enjoy it for what it is, and hang it on your wall. If, however, you want to sell it, take it to a local auction house or art dealer and seek their advice. Sometimes even an unsigned painting can achieve surprisingly good results at auction if it is particularly attractive and well-presented.
I have a oil painting signed by J. Morales. Could it be worth anything?
If you research the name J.Morales on the free auction listings on findartinfo.com, you will see that there are four possible candidates who are so-called 'listed artists'. Of course, J. Morales is not an uncommon name, so there are likely to be numerous unlisted amateur artists also signing this way. If you cannot find a likely artist for your item you might wish to seek advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have a V Jespersen 5'x5' oil painting of a winter country scene near a stream and sleigh tracks along side. Do you have any idea of its worth?
If you search the auction price listings on findartinfo.com (there is no charges for accessing these) you will find over twenty results for Viggo Jespersen, and these should give you a rough idea of the kind of prices this artist achieves at auction. You might also look at the sold prices on liveauctioneers.com which include images alongside the results. You have to sign up to this site, but access to info is free.
I have a collection of hundreds of old oil paintings by different painters. How can I sell them?
The easiest ways to sell your collection would either be via auction, or via an art dealer. I would suggest you contact a reputable auction house in your local area for advice.
What can you tell me about this painting? " Baby Angel 11" in a heavy gold frame signed "Berkinstock '99".
American artist Joyce Birkenstock paints evocative images, usually of angels, children, or young women in oriental costumes or in masks. Her work is frequently reproduced as framed prints, and that includes the paintings in the "Baby Angel" series.
Can I send you pictures for appraisal?
No, this is not a service I offer. In my opinion it is impossible to suggest an accurate value for an item without seeing it in person. This is because a photograph will not accurately convey the true age or condition. It is also incredibly difficult to tell whether the item is a reproduction, or even a forgery from a photograph. If you are looking at getting an appraisal for insurance purposes I would recommend you seek out an accredited valuer from your local area. If, however, you are hoping to sell your items, you should be able to get a suggested likely sales value when you enter your pieces into auction. Alternatively you could get advice from an art dealer closer to home.
We found two Pieter Brueghels, 14" x 11", on panel board oil; "The Peasant Wedding" and "Wedding Dance". They were framed by Kauffman's Art Shop in York P.A. How do I determine their value? They are in perfect shape but need a professional cleaning.
Pieter Breughel painted "The Peasant Wedding" and "The Wedding Dance" around 450 years ago. Both are owned by museums, and it is likely that you either have reproductions, or hand-painted copies produced by another artist. Either way, you are unlikely to be in possession of high value items I'm afraid. A local art dealer, or antique dealer should be able to suggest a likely value.
I have an original etching of Orazio Borgianni, do you think it holds much value?
It's impossible to suggest a likely value without seeing the item in person, but you may be able to get a rough idea by searching on the findartinfo.com website. There is no charge for accessing auction results on that site.
Where can I take an original picture by James Ingwersen to be appraised? It has no lot number but does have a signature, and is in an old frame. I am based in San Antonio, Texas.
Unfortunately, as I am based in the UK, I'm not familiar with the auction scene in your area. You could try searching on-line for an auction house with a dedicated art expert. Alternatively, if you are looking for a valuation for insurance purposes, you should be able to find an accredited appraiser on-line.
I have an old painting titled "Pinkie" I'm trying to find info on. Can you help?
"Pinkie" is the popular title of a portrait painted in 1794 by Thomas Lawrence. It is currently in possession of the Huntington Library at San Marino, California. The portrait is actually of Sarah Barrett Moulton. I suspect you have either a print or a hand-painted copy of this painting. "Pinkie" has been reproduced many, many times and prints are relatively low-value items. A good quality hand-painted copy in an attractive, good quality frame might sell for a reasonable sum, but it would only be worth a tiny fraction of the value of the original.
I have an original painting by Hermann Gross. How much it is worth?
It is impossible to accurately suggest a price without seeing the picture in question, especially with so little information to go on. You could, however, look at the sold items by this artist on the liveauctioneers.com website where there are currently images, together with sold prices, for six of this artist's paintings. The site is free to use once you have set up an account. There is no charge for this.
I have a very old painting, I want to sell it. How might I go about selling it?
If your painting is in good condition, nicely framed and is of an appealing subject you should have no problem selling it. You can approach an auction house to help you with this. They will give you a likely figure that the painting might sell for. They will then enter it to auction and try to find a buyer. There is normally a charge for this service. Alternatively, you could approach an art dealer or antiques dealer in your local area and ask them to make you an offer. Then finally, you could sell the item via eBay, or a similar online marketplace, or sell it directly at a yard sale, boot sale, or bring and buy sale.
What is the value of an original Baillie oil painting on canvas?
If you refer to the listings of prices achieved at auction by various artists on the findartinfo.com website (this is free to use at present) you will see that there are around twenty artists listed with the name Baillie. You may find the listings helpful if you have additional information not included in your question. If, however, your research has reached a dead end, you could perhaps approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area for their advice.
I want to know if watercolor paintings by J. Ogilvy dated 1891 and 1892 have any value?
It is impossible to value a painting accurately without seeing it in person, and the information that you've provided is too vague to provide any real clues about the artist. There is a John Ogilvy listed on findartinfo.com who might be your painter, but the works listed for him are all engravings and are fairly low value items. If you are unable to take your research further based on the available information, you could try contacting an auction house or art dealer in your local area for their advice.
I have an M Storm watercolor of a Victorian girl with blonde hair wearing a long blue dress and a white hat with a blue ribbon tied in the back. She has a beautiful face with big eyes. Can you tell me anything else about it?
It's possible that you have a print of a vintage 1970's painting by Mary Ann Storm. She commonly signed her paintings 'M. Storm' in the bottom left-hand corner. Good quality prints can appear to be watercolors, but if you examine them closely using a magnifying glass or jeweler's loupe, you will often find that the surface is comprised of uniform dots of colour, a clear indication that the picture is a reproduction, and therefore a lower value item. Try searching 'M. Storm' on eBay and Etsy. I think there is a good chance you will find similar items for sale online, and this may give you an indication of its likely value.
Where do I go in Denver, Colorado, to sell a bunch of old paintings worth a lot of money?
As I'm based in the UK, I'm afraid I'm unfamiliar with auction houses and art dealers in your area. You could try searching online for auctioneers, then contact them via email to see if they would be able to assist you. If you have reason to believe that some or all of your items are valuable, it would be worth checking that the auction house you choose has a dedicated art expert on the team, as general auction houses don't always have specialist expertise when it comes to high-end artworks.
Hi, I have two R. Simonetto paintings; "The Flying Dutchman 1852" and "The Flying Cloud 1851". Both have a certificate of authenticity on the back. I am trying to find out what they are worth. What would be the value of these paintings by R. Simonetto?
These are very likely prints taken from paintings based on vintage art. There are many of these in circulation, and they are frequently offered on eBay and other online auction sites. They are unlikely to be high ticket items I'm afraid. If you keep an eye on eBay you may see something similar come up and that will give you an idea of your items' likely value.
I have an oil painting signed by MARTEN, measuring 18" x 24". It is of seven women wearing headscarves. Could you tell me if it has any value?
Marten is a fairly common sir-name, and there are numerous artists who might have painted your picture. It is impossible to give a realistic valuation of a painting without seeing it in person, so it might be worth seeking further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.
I have two oil paintings that I would like to price. One is of an Italian woman, and the other is of an African woman of nobility. They were purchased years ago at an auction. The back of the Italian painting was ripped off to reveal a brief description of the painting along with its history. Can you please assist and direct me?
It is very difficult to value a painting accurately without seeing it in person. I'm afraid that the very vague description that you have provided gives me virtually no clues to work with. My best suggestion to you is that you take your items to an auction house or art dealer in your local area for further advice.
I have a signed E.L. Henry, 1903. It looks like paper cut outs glued on board. Did he do this type of work?
Although the date of your picture (1903) is within the life time of the famous American genre artist, Edward Lamson Henry (1841-19) your description doesn't sound like the kind of work normally associated with him. However, this kind of work was being explored by other artists working in the early 20th century. Without seeing the picture in person it is impossible to take an informed view. For this reason I would suggest that you show your item to an auction house or art dealer in your local area, and seek their advice.
Banksy painted on a K. Sager painting. Will paintings by K. Sager increase in value because of Banksy's painting?
Anything Banksy paints on seems to automatically appreciate in value. If he paints on someone else's painting, then that painting will straight away gain in desirability, but I'm afraid that other similar paintings without Banksy's embellishments will retain their normal value, just as brick walls are generally just brick walls without Banksy's artwork on them
I have a huge oil painting by Dickinson. Nautical theme. 50"x40" Any knowledge of this?
There are quite a number of artists with the sir-names Dickinson or Dickenson. Some examples of these, together with images, are listed in the price results pages of liveauctioneers.com. Perhaps you could compare the styles of these various artists to see if you can identify one who might have painted your picture.
I have an original oil on board 18" X 49" signed and dated 1923 'Mercury' by Nico Jungman. Can you advise on value?
It is impossible to value any artwork accurately without seeing it in person. This is because the item could be a print, a copy, a forgery, a damaged item etc., etc, and none of these things are necessarily apparent from a description, or even a photograph. For this reason I never give valuations. However, I can tell you that there are several examples of Nico Jungman's work in the price results pages of www.liveauctioneers.com which is free to access once you have signed up to the site. There is also a Nico Jungman painting currently listed on the Bonhams website (a UK based auctioneer). This painting has an estimate of £800-£1200, and there are several images of previously sold Jungman paintings with their results that can be accessed via this website.
Is an oil painting by Henry Berte worth anything ?
There are currently two examples of this artist's work on the price results pages of liveauctioneers.com (This site is free to join and free to use). I also found a listing for Henry Berte on eBay.com. Perhaps you could compare your picture to these items to get a feel for its likely value?
I have a 'Michelle and Children' oil and gold leaf painting with a sticker on the back ( et 22). Signed by Hibel. Also another sticker on the back that says easel art. Lin art ltd. 202 campus dr. Alrington heights. Il 60004. The label also says 'printed in Switzerland G20-B for the Hibel Museum of Art. Palm Beach Fl. 1983 all rights reserved'. Can you let me know what you think it's worth? And is it worth selling on eBay? It's framed with glass.
Edna Hibel's prints do sell on eBay, and on other online auction platforms, but they don't exactly rush out the door. If you investigate this lady's work on eBay for yourself, you will see that the auction prices achieved vary enormously, and many don't sell at all. If you do decide to go down this route, remember to factor in the weight of the glass and the packaging required when you calculate delivery costs.
I have an old oil painting from William Simpson Henry of a shepherd overlooking a herd of cattle. Is William Simpson Henry famous and are his paintings of any value?
There are several William Henry Simpson paintings currently listed on ebay.co.uk. This artist appears to be an English watercolorist active around the start of the 20th century. I don't have any specific information about him, but he doesn't feature heavily on any of the auction results sites. Based on the information available, I would anticipate that you have a saleable painting, but possibly not a high value one. Your local auction house or art dealer may be prepared to give you further advice.
How do you appraise a painting if it is unsigned?
There are so many artists in this world, and so many of them are amateurs, or unknown outside of a small, local area. It would be impossible for any one person to recognize the work of such a vast amount of people. For this reason, I have to tell you that it is extremely difficult to identify an unsigned painting unless you have additional information, such as a framer's label or some kind of provenance. Unsigned paintings can still be valuable if they are of high quality and are in good condition in a good frame. If you think your painting is of sufficient quality try seeking advice from an art sales professional in your local area.
I located an etching called 'Obelisk' by artist Barbara Spitz, I contacted the artist and found out that this etching started out in Chicago Museum of Art. The etching is numbered 7 of 50. The artist told me they only were able to make 11. How do you determine the value?
Any work of art is only worth what another person will pay for it, so you will effectively only discover the item's value once it has been sold. If you are hoping to sell this print you could seek the advice of an auction house or art dealer in your local area. Alternatively, if you are looking for an insurance valuation, you can generally find certified valuers and appraisers online.
I have just looked at the price results for this artist on the liveauctioneers.com website, and there are around 20 examples together with images. These are not high ticket items, and you might want to take a look for comparison purposes before you decide what to do next.
How do I find out information about the artist Joyce Roybal? I have an original painting.
If you sign up to the website liveauctioneers.com you can then access their auction results pages where you can see the prices achieved at auction for this quirky artist. There are over 100 examples together with images.
How can I research a vintage oil painting if I cannot find a signature? And I have another vintage oil painting that has a signature, but I cannot make out the last name at all. All I can make out is the first initial with is "N."
Unfortunately, unsigned paintings all too often remain unidentified. Unless there are other clues that can be followed up, such as framer's labels, gallery labels, or some kind of provenance, it is almost impossible to find the artist of paintings without a signature. Sometimes the style and quality of a painting are strongly suggestive of the work of a particular artist, but without some kind of proof, you are unlikely to get an attribution agreed by the experts. Attractive, well-framed, good quality paintings, do usually find their way in the marketplace. They just don't do as well as artworks with the right signature in place.
Your other painting can be researched by referring either to a dictionary of artist's signatures or to one of the several online collections. There are no shortcuts for this process. It is simply a matter of looking at all the artist's signatures that begin with the letter N until you find a signature that matches.
What is the value of Carl Thorp’s 1961 'Cabildo Alley'?
You will no doubt appreciate that an item of pre-owned art is only worth what another person is prepared to give you for it. With this in mind, I recommend that you sign up to www.liveauctioneers.com (this is free to join) and look at the price results page for Carl Thorp. There are over 30 illustrated price results for this artist's work, and you should be able to surmise a possible value by comparing your item to those listed.
Do you know who the artist Baret is? I have what I believe is an original on canvas by an artist named “Baret.” It’s black, white, and gray mostly, and I’ve seen prints online of this piece that have sold for a pretty decent amount of money at auction. Any help as to where to go from here would be helpful.
You may have a piece by the contemporary French artist Jean-Paul Baret whose works sell for quite respectable sums of money. Of course, it is impossible to tell without seeing the painting in person, and I'm slightly concerned that you have seen prints of the item online. It may be that you actually have a print yourself, as prints on canvas can be very convincing. The only way you will know for sure is to take your picture to someone with some expertise in these matters such as a local auctioneer or art dealer.
I have two oil paintings by an artist signing himself 'STURGEON 1973'. They are of Manila Harbour. Are they worth anything?
There are a number of artists with the sir-name Sturgeon. Without seeing the paintings in person, It is impossible to tell whether your paintings are by one of these, or by someone else altogether, . Perhaps you could try researching these yourself on the price results pages of www.liveauctioneers.com? Alternatively you could take them to an auctioneer or art dealer in your local area and ask for their advice.
What is the value of an original sketch by artist Adigio Benitez?
If you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website (there is no fee for joining this site) you will be able to see numerous sales results together with images for this artist's work. This will enable you to get a feel for the range of values typically achieved for items produced by Adigio Benitez.
We have an extremely old painting. The frame is ornate but peeling and chipped, the backboard is warped but the painting is on glass. It is of two sailing boats on a lake and is quite attractive. No signature. Is it worth having it looked at?
Paintings on glass are unusual, and there are collectors who enjoy this style of work. I don't anticipate that this is likely to be a high ticket price item, as it's always difficult tracking down an artist for any item without a signature, but if you wish to sell it, you could approach a local auction house or dealer in art and antiques. If, however, you like the picture, either pay out for some sympathetic restoration, or simply hang it, and enjoy it for what it is.
I have two Fred Lyman watercolor paintings from 1954 that my great aunt bought from Fred Lyman in New Orleans. Are they are worth anything?
If you register with the website liveauctioneers.com (this is free to sign up to, and free to use), you can research Fred Lyman in the price results section. There are over twenty examples of this artist's work featured on this site, with illustrations and details of prices attained at auction. You should be able to get a feel for the range of prices typically achieved.
I have an oil painting on canvas autographed by Lavelle 1976. That's all I have to work with. The painting is of a vase with red & yellow poppies. The frame has velvet on it as well. Could it be of value?
Your item may well be of value, but it's impossible to say without seeing it in person. As you'll appreciate, there are quite a number of artists with the sir-name Lavelle. The website liveauctioneers.com has over 40 price results for the term ' Lavelle', and these are worth looking at. as they include images which are useful for comparison purposes. There are also quite a number of listings on eBay which might be helpful.
I have an oil painting of a black woman signed by "O Harrison." Who is this?
Harrison is an incredibly common sir-name, and there are no doubts dozens of artists who might have painted your picture. I made a quick check of the liveauctioneers.com website (this is free to subscribe to and free to use) and there is a painting of an African looking gent painted by O Harrison. You might wish to have a look at this out for comparison purposes.
I have a genuine H Butz oil painting. Is it likely to be of any value?
Work by the artist Heinz Butz seems to be a bit hit and miss when it comes to auction sales. If you look at the auction price results on findartinfo.com you'll see that his paintings often remain unsold. It may be that he is an artist whose time hasn't quite come. If you like the painting, hang it on the wall, enjoy it, and check on his auction results from time to time. If, however, you want to sell it, there will probably be a local auctioneer or art dealer who will be able to help you with this.
What's the value of a Shirley Arrants painting titled "Penelope"?
Shirley Arrants's portrait of a young girl with flowers in her hair has been issued as a print, and I imagine that this is what you are asking about. Prints tend to have a far lower value than original works, and their resale value will be lower still. Shirley Arrants has this picture listed on her website, but without a price. If you email the artist via her website she will be able to tell you what the print is currently selling for. This would be the price for a brand-new, from the artist print, however, and if you are trying to re-sell you may find its value will be considerably reduced.
I have an oil painting of Louis Armstrong, known as Satchmo, and it's at least sixty-years-old. The bottom right-hand corner is signed Wadsworth, with no first name. Do you know this painter?
There are numerous listed artists with the sir-name Wadsworth. I recommend that you do an image search using the words, 'Wadsworth painting.' You may see a painting in the same style and color palette, which will point you in the right direction.
© 2010 Amanda Severn
by Dolores Monet41
by Amanda Severn40
by Jamie Brock274
by Thelma Raker Coffone69
by Dolores Monet44