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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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I have an original oil of Bluebonnets by W. R. Thrasher that

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I have an original oil of Bluebonnets by W. R. Thrasher that was my Mothers. I would like to have some idea as to it's worth.
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 size, not including the frame. Please do not remove from the frame.

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Painting is 36" x 25" on canvas. Signed by W R THRASHER all caps in bottom right hand corner
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

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

William Robert Thrasher (1908-1997)

"The state of Texas, with its vastness and various landscapes, has been the inspiration to many artists. To W. R. Thrasher it has been home to a man whose artistic abilities are widely known.

Hot Texas afternoons, with the sun filtering through moss draped live oak trees and with soft mint green prickly pears growing by a dusty road, awaken one to expect at any moment to see a covey of quails or perhaps a roadrunner scurrying from under a mesquite bush. Whether in the soft greens of spring with its beautiful bluebonnets or summer's paintbrushes, buttercups and thistle, or ablaze with autumn majesty, this is the world of W. R. Thrasher.

Born in Lamar County, Texas, in 1908, William Robert Thrasher was a farm boy. Because of his desire to paint he spent all his earnings for brushes and canvas. He observed and painted the life he knew: wildlife, farm scenes and the unspoiled countryside of the early twentieth century. The death of his father during the Depression forced the sale of the farm and family possessions. The first items sold, and the most in demand, were Thrasher's paintings. This gave him the encouragement for a lifetime art career.

Young Thrasher found an expanding market for his early works, which were rendered on beaver board, masonite and other materials available to the budding artist. These early creations soon found homes in Lamar and surrounding counties.

Noted art critics have commented on his work as being well executed and having good composition and perspective. Although he is best known for landscapes, he is an artist of diversified talent. His works are included in private collections throughout the country, in state offices in Austin, Texas, in various universities and in congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

Researcher at the Ashworth Collection of Native American and Western Art. Material for this biography is from the Gold Leaf Gallery web site www.goldleafgallery.comin Tyler, TX, dealers in Mr. Thrasher's works.

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 method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $6900-7500 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic 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, via consignment 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 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,