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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
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I have a framed 31" x 24" oil painting by Hans Wagner (born

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I have a framed 31" x 24" oil painting by Hans Wagner (born 1924). The subject is a Swiss or Austrian valley with mountain and water scenes with a shepherd and sheep in the distance. I am considering selling it on consignment and would like to know an approximate value prior to placing it on sale. Can you give me a "ballpark value"?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months 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.

Hans Wagner

(1885 - 1949)

Hans Wagner was active/lived in Switzerland. Hans Wagner is known for landscape paintings.

When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed 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, medium, 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.

Using this widely accepted standard method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $500-650 for your oil painting by Hans Wagner assuming good condition and depending on sale geographical location.

As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -

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

Try ads on sites such as

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:

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,

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