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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 handed down piece of art from the depression era,

Customer Question

I have a handed down piece of art from the depression era , 1936 esov motivich ! It is water color and I had the newspaper artical it is called reflected sky. The painting is framed with a letter to my aunt mini.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Is there anything else important you think the antiques appraiser should know?
Customer: This painting is probably worth a lot of money and I want to sell it. Can you help me?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 11 months ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser and I'd be happy to help.

I can't help you sell the painting, but I can provide a value and point you towards some appropriate venues.

First I will need to see an overall photo, and a close-up of the signature. Do you have those available?

Jennifer

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I can get those. Where do I send them? Via email?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you get a good enough photo?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hello?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are you still on line with me Jennifer? What is the name of your business or do you do this by yourself?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The name is ***** *****
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hello? Jennifer, are we still chatting?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you get the photos?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you just take my money and run?
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Please know responses are not instantaneous here.

We are not employees of the site. We have no control of the finances.

Your photos did not come through at this end. Please resend.

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-hl

Kind regards,
Doris

Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Are you able to send photos?

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris replied 11 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. There are extra charges for phone calls. I did not send the pop-ups.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I thought I was speaking to a Jennifer now it is you Dorris? Or both?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Why a new one again? I will send the photos to***@******.*** soon
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Jennifer opted you out.

I took over then.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I will have difficulty sending photos. I will have to try on my computer, or phone one more time.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I will send these by phone
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you get these?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you opt me out as well?
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Again,Yes, your pictures came through.

Please know responses are not instantaneous here.

Thank you for the photos. They really help.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I want you to have the best answer.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

I did not opt you out. I need time to respond each time.

Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Esau Motovich (1918-1985) was known for his magazine and book illustrations. He was an artist and teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, MD, high school, having graduated from Indiana State Teachers College.

The number after an artist signature refers to the year the painting was done. This means your painting was done in 1953, not in 1936.

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 standard method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $200-250 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.

The estimated retail price should be $900-1100.

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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Doris

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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,
Doris

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am satisfied, although I thought it would be worth more!
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

I, too, wish the same.

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