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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'd like to know how much my kincaide garden of prayer

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Hi! I'd like to know how much my Thomas kincaide garden of prayer painting is worth? I purchased it in 1998-its not a print
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: cancas-rv-highlights -1 numberings-JD i do have certificate somewhere
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: thats all i have for now
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 2 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-up offers. Although I am USPAP-trained, the assessments given here do not meet USPAP requirements.
Thoughtful responses take time. My responses are not instantaneous.

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

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment.
If you cannot send photos, I can still work with your descriptions; however, I can give more accurate answers if I have photos.
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If so, then -

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Kind regards,

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Please see attached photos. Thank you for your help!
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Sorry, disregard the call...I checked off by accident. Thank you for your help.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 months ago.

I do not normally participate in the extra charge phone call services. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing.

Besides, you will have an assessment to print out. I did not send the pop-up ad/offer.


What is the size in inches?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you......44" length and height is 331/2"
Expert:  Doris replied 2 months ago.

You may already know this; but just in case you do not, I will include it here:

Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012)
"Best known for his use of light in his paintings, Thomas Kinkade grew up in Northern California in the small town of Placerville, and has been a published artist since the late 1980s.

During college, he spent a summer sketching with a friend, and they created the book The Artist's Guide to Sketching, which opened the door for them to paint background art for the animated film "Fire and Ice", in which Kinkade explored the use and effects of light. Following the completion of this film, he made his living as a painter, selling his work in galleries in California.

After marrying in 1982, Kinkade and his wife began to publish his art commercially. He demonstrates an admiration for the tradition of 19th- century American luminists and attempts to create romantic worlds and uplifting moods covering a wide variety of subjects, from quaint cottages to rustic outdoor scenes, to bustling cityscapes.

His is a warm palette, utilizing soft edges in his painting technique, and an effort to create a glowing atmosphere. He is a devout Christian whose intent is to communicate values of family, home, and faith in God through his art.

Thomas Kinkade has been inducted into the Bradford International Hall of Fame for plate artists, along with his idol, Norman Rockwell. In 1995 he received the Lithograph of the Year Award and 1995 Graphic Artist of the Year from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers.

His work has been the subject of several books, among them Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light (Lightpost Publishing, 1993), and Thomas Kinkade: Paintings of Radiant Light (Abbeville Press, 1995)."

Stephen M. Doherty, "Thomas Kinkade Shares the Light", American Artist, October 2001
Added note:
Thomas Kinkade died on April 5, 2012 at his home in Los Gatos, California.

"Perhaps in a garden we are closer to our creator. We certainly are closer to His creation. My prayer is that this painted garden will be a meeting place for many that would speak to their God in the silence of morning."

-Thomas Kinkade

This is a lithograph print on canvas after a painting by Kincade. According to the information on the back, it is a lithograph hand highlighted by artisans under the supervision of Thomas Kincade. The "signature" is not that of Kincade. It is not numbered so it is not a limited edition print but it is large.

These sell for about $200-300 at auction.

As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 10 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 via consignment can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% 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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