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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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For. Heilbuth signed painting - country girl with a thread

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For. Heilbuth signed painting - country girl with a thread what is the value
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris 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.

Please tell me the dimensions of your painting not including the frame.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
23 1/2 by 35 1/2 inches
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the information and photo.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

It should take about 40 minutes.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Heilbuth used several different mediums. Please tell the medium - oil, watercolor, pastel, etc.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's oil on canvas
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Thank you.

I will work with that.


Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Ferdinand Heilbuth (1826-1889)

Biography from Schiller & Bodo

"Ferdinand Heilbuth was born in Hamburg on June 27, 1826, the son of a rabbi. At a young age he moved to Munich to study, rapidly moving on to Antwerp, and then to Paris c. 1843-1846. Once in Paris, he studied under Marc-Gabriel-Charles Gleyre, a history and genre painter, and Paul Delaroche. His trips to Rome beginning in 1854-55, and later during the 1860s and early 1870s, inspired the much of his early work, which consisted primarily of genre scenes with Italian Cardinals. After leaving his homeland around the time of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Heilbuth never returned and became a naturalized French citizen in 1878. It was during this period in the 1870s that the artist shifted his focus away from the Italian themes that had previously occupied him, and began to create more modern Parisian subjects.

Heilbuth regularly submitted to the Paris Salon after 1852, and through these submissions sold many works to the State--works which are now housed in the Museé du Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Highly recognized in his lifetime, Heilbuth was awarded medals in 1857, 1859, 1861, and was lastly decorated with the Légion d'honneur in 1861 and promoted to Officier in 1881. He worked within illustrious groups of French painters, participating in 1865 in an exclusive exhibition of the Cercle de l'union des arts on the rue Choiseul, along with Delacroix, Decamps, Diaz, Troyon, Meissonier, Ribot, Belly, Daubigny, Millet, and Gérôme. In addition to his success on the continent, Heilbuth also exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and at the Grovesnor Gallery (1871-1878).

Baltimore, Walters Art Museum; Bayeux; Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts; Dijon; Hamburg; London, Wallace Collection; Nemours, Château Musée; Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Musée du Louvre; Reims; Saint-Lo; Saint Petersburg, Hermitage; Sydney."

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, 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 standard method, I was able to determine that Heilbuth's oils sell for far more at auction than any of the other mediums he used.

The auction value of your painting turned out to be $21,860.

The retail art gallery value would then be $38,000-41,000 assuming excellent condition.

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

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you!You are very professional and I appreciate the detailed answer and the knowledge behind it.
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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

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