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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 an oil painting by C. Heyden. Do you have information

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I have an oil painting by C. Heyden. Do you have information on the painter? Urban Lynch;(###) ###-####***@******.***
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable.
Customer: I have an oil painting by C. Heyden. Do you have information on the painter? Urban Lynch;(###) ###-####***@******.***
JA: Is there anything else the Antiques Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: First name of painter is Cued or Cyed
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 10 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.

Does your signature look like either of the following images.

If not, please send 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.

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Kind regards,

Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

Or does the signature look like this?

Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

I do not accept requests for phone calls. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing.

Besides, you will have an assessment to print out. Please know, I did not send you the pop-up. Premium services cost extra.

Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

Have you had a chance to look at the signatures I sent?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The painter is Heyden. See attached pics.
Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

The artist is Carl Heyden of Germany and dating 1845-1933. The style and subject matter are his.

To value your painting, I need to know the size, not including the frame. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE FRAME.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Doris: The Heyden painting dimensions are: width=31.5 inches by height= 27 inches
Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the size.

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 standard of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $2603 for your Carl (Karl) Heyden painting 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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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Doris: The fist name of the Heyden signature on the painting does not appear to be Carl but something like Cued or Cyed??
Expert:  Doris replied 10 months ago.

I realize the signature is blurred but the style and subject matter match Carl Heyden. I have books that list known artist. Some are 5-6" thick. The only Heyden that works is this one.

See this painting by him.

I am certain he is the artist.

Kind regards,


Positive, please.

Expert:  Doris replied 10 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,