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Doris
Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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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 painting signed and don't know if it is worth

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hi there , i have a painting signed and don't know if it is worth anything .. can i send you a picture
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups.

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment.

Can you 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.

To send photos you may use the "add files" 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.

An explanation of this method can be found here:

http://ww2.justanswer.com/help/how-do-i-send-photo-or-file-expert-0

Kind regards,
Doris

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Here you go Doris, please find attached images of the painting.
Thanks
Jen
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

What is the medium - oils, watercolors, etc?

What is the approximate size (inches) not including the frame? Please do not remove from the frame.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
did you get the images?
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

I received two additional photos.

What is the medium - oils, watercolors, etc?

What is the approximate size (inches) not including the frame? Please do not remove from the frame.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
its either oil or acrylic on pressed board... surface has a canvass like texture and 24 by 18 inches
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

The artist is most likely William C Bauer (1862-1904) of New Jersey. He is known fr his landscape paintings.

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 $850-950 for your Bauer 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

https://www.artbrokerage.com/help/selling-art

http://www.rubylane.com/art

http://www.askart.com/Ads_Individual.aspx

https://www.artnet.com/auctions/all-artworks/?utm_campaign=bannerad&utm_source=080514auctionsevergreen&utm_medium=link

http://www.artvalue.com

http://www.artprice.com/marketplace/sell-an-artwork

Some like Etsy.com 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:

http://forum.findartinfo.com/default.asp?CAT_

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
did they used pressed board in that era
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

How can it be canvas if it is on pressed board unless the pressed board is just part of a more recent framing backing?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it has a dimple like textures
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
on pressed board
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
In the years that he painted, did they have press board that had a canvas-like side?
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

I was assuming that it was a canvas with a framers back of pressed board.

Unfortunately what you have is a reproduction of a Wm C Bauer painting that is made with a modern printing method. I have seen other reproductions done in this manner on textured pressed board.

As a printed reproduction, it would have an estimated retail value of $180-250 assuming

good condition and depending on sale geographic location.

I truly wish I had better news.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i did say board at the beginning03 November 2016 07:06
its either oil or acrylic on pressed board... surface has a canvass like texture and 24 by 18 inches
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
thanks for your time ..... i do appreciate your wisdom
Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

Please send me a close-up of the brush strokes.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
doing that now for you
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  Doris replied 9 months ago.

If this were an oil or acrylic, it would show brush strokes with slightly uneven caking of paint created by the brushing of the paint on the surface.

It is a carefully created reproduction on canvas textured board.

Kind regards,

Doris