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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have what I believe to be an early Maurice de Vlaminck.

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I have what I believe to be an early Maurice de Vlaminck. How can I get it appraised and sold?
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 know that I cannot accept any requests for "live conversations" such as phone calls.
I give my best answers in writing when I have time to think about them.
Sometimes a "Chat box" will pop-up asking if you would like a live conversation. Please know it is not from me.

Please tell me the size of your painting not including the frame. Do not remove from the frame.

What is the subject matter?

What is the medium - oils, watercolors, etc?

Kind regards,


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is oil on canvas and please refer to photos.
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.


Only one photo came through at this end - the one of signature.

Please send photo of painting.

To send photos you may use the "attach file" or "add file" in the blue box link on your reply page or the "paper clip" found in the toolbar you see on your reply page.
Please do not send in ZIP format. The jpg or jpeg format works best.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the information and photos.

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

I should return within 40 minutes.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,


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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

You may have already seen this, but just in case you have not, I will include the information here.

Link to Wikipedia biography of Maurice de Vlanick

See the following images of examples of his authentic signatures.

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 usiof ng 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 method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $237,548 assuming good condition and depending on 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.

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:

Suggested auction houses:

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

You can set the retail price at what you see others are asking in retail shops online or in the retail shops or galleries around you.

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

I hope I have helped you.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year 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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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Doris, My research indicates that your findings aren't specific enough to be useful to me. I doubt that you were even close -- on the high side. I need something more specific: like based on this piece of art here; or information gotten from respected de Vlaminck scholar, etc.
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

There will be little - next to no further information about your specific painting alone. It has not come up for auction lately so there is no exact information about your specific painting.

Exact values are not possible because much depends on how well an auction is advertised, how well the auction house promotes your painting and the bidder pool on any given day.

I used the widely accepted standard method of assessment that my appraisals for tax purposes has satisfied the IRS requirements. The criteria have also been approved by many courts. That method involves studying selling prices of previously sold paintings by the same artist. We must use auction values because they are public. Retail art gallery sales cannot be used because they are private.

After researching auction values then we look at medium and subject matter to match those to the painting we are appraising.

It is nearly impossible to be more exact than I have been.

You originally asked for value and selling methods. Within the limitations of correct appraisal rules, I gave you as complete an answer as can be given.

If you require a written appraisal from an art specialist near you, please tell me the largest city near you. I can probably locate specialists near you that can examine your painting in person and possibly give you more information.

Kind regards,