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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 a certified genuine antique print of Wm.

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Hello. I have a certified genuine antique print of Wm. Clarke's, The Moral of Flowers. It is Lily of the Valley. How would I determine the value? Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

My name is ***** ***** I would love to help. The photo did not load correctly.
Please use the Add Files feature on your screen to add pictures of the item and any marks, labels or writing.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply. I will send the image again.
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

I will have to opt-out as neither of the browsers that I use are allowing me to open this file. Another expert will answer instead of me.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your time.
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.
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Please tell me the middle name or initial of the artist.

Kind regards,


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris. Thank you for responding. There is no middle initial, but I believe ranks up there with a Redoute. It's WM Clarke. Maybe the M is the middle initial?
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

May I have a photo of the signature?

You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the signature.

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.
It was framed by an antique dealer. It's behind glass. I would rather not take it out as it is sealed if possible.
Year on the back is 1826. Publication: Moral of the Flowers.
Thank you.
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

If it is behind glass with the words "published by," then it is most probably a print and part of a series of several prints under the collection name "Moral of the Flowers."

Let me see what I can locate.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

I finally found what you have.

It is one of 24 hand colored engravings by ***** *****e found in the book of poems The Moral of Flowers by Rebecca Hey that was first published in 1833. The book is illustrated by ***** *****(e) an engraver by profession.

See the following description I found that accompanies a modern CD of the book.

"THE MORAL OF FLOWERS" is an enchanting botanical/art/ Victorian period piece - 1835 London. Rebecca Hey authored this very rare book. She also was the author of " THE SPIRIT OF THE WOODS " (Images also available on CD). The deep rich hues and shade of green of the hand coloured plates are strikingly exquisite. The engravings, which were made from nature expressly for this work, are the production of ***** *****, formerly draughtsman and engraver to the London Horticultural Society. This work represents a true labor of love by a lady who discovered the moral of flowers 175 years ago."

The second edition was printed ca 1835-6.

A first edition of the book is priced now at $633.43. See the following image.

This means that a single engraving from the second edition like yours and framed would have an estimated retail of about $50-60.

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:

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.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

I forgot to check the rating box.

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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