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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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Value of Galbusera of oil painting. roses with background.

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Value of Galbusera of oil painting. White roses with green background. 22 x 15, signed.
Framed by Weir & Clyde***** Glasgow. Wood back on frame, painting under glass.
Thank you
Geri Arzillo
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 12 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.

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

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
The size is as indicated 22 x 15, does not include the frame. Frame looks to be mahogany or cherry wood. 1"
Expert:  Doris replied 12 months ago.

Thank you for repeating the size without the frame.

Gioachimo Galbusera (1871-1944)

Biography from Dobiaschofsky Auktionen, Bern

"Gioachimo Galbusera began his artistic training in 1886 as a student of Giuseppe Mentessi at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. Later he moved to Lugano, where he opened his own painting school in 1896.

Galbusera gave the Ticino art scene decisive impulses, such as the publication of original works with flower and fruit compositions. His paintings, mainly landscapes and still lifes, he presented at numerous exhibitions in Switzerland, but also in Milan, Rome, St. Petersburg and Brussels."

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.

Your painting is not an oil painting as most of this artist's paintings are. His oil paintings sell for much more than his paintings done on other mediums.

Using the widely accepted standard method of assessment described above, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $1800-2000 for your painting assuming good condition and depending on sale 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 replied 11 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,