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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner, Appraisals Corporation
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Painting of boats by Maurice ardouin. 35x57" Value?

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Painting of boats by Maurice ardouin. 35x57"
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.
We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.
Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.

Maurice Ardouin was a French artist dating 1932-1999.

Using the standard method of assessment described above, I was able to determine an auction value of $1300-1500 for your 35x57" Ardouin painting.

If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -

The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to retail try the following -

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Some like where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small - 20 cents to list an item plus 3.5% of the final price.

Or list with no fees whatsoever:

A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you know about what year it was painted?
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.


Private sales and the information they would give us are not public.

As I described the standard process of appraisal, I had to go to comparable paintings by Ardouin to arrive at a public auction value for your painting.

Your painting has not sold at auction recently; so, there is no specific public information about it like a date.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. The last painting I found was sold in 2014. It was smaller of flowers and sold for $375.
I know he had phases that he painted certain subjects so I was hoping you might be able to find more info that I have been able to. I just started searching on my phone last night.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm actually looking to buy painting. Is is covered in cob webs on my framers wall in a back room.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

See the following image - It is a description of an Ardouin boat painting dated 1964. It is an oil on canvas that is the same size 35x57" as yours. It was in a 2007 auction in Pasadena CA. The estimate was $1000-2000 plus the buyers premium of about 20%.

I do not know what it sold for. There was a much smaller preliminary sketch of the painting that sold with it.

Not all artists go through phases like Picasso; so, I cannot guarantee that yours was painted in the 1960s. Still, if you must have a date, it would probably be 1960s.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

You would rate me a positive here.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You didn't send picture of painting but I found that info last night. And I know which painting it is. Bidding started at $500. I'll do some more research when I have time. Thanks
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome.