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Treasure Hunt: 8/7/2014


08/07/14
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna,


I have this picture I want to sell. I want to know what it is worth now and where I could possibly sell it. I bought it in the late ‘80s for $500.

Carol
 
Dear Carol,
Your picture is very lovely — nice colors and subject. I tried to do some research on the artist and came up empty-handed. This is not to say he or she didn’t do some nice work, but it’s just not around enough yet for the name to appear or he or she just isn’t someone that has any recognition. 
There are lots of wonderful paintings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, etc that have been done by not-so-famous artists and are really nice and can still bring money depending on the quality and subject.
Not knowing the age of your picture and the artist, I think that if you paid $500 for it, you must have gotten it in a gallery or retail market. For you to get back what you paid for it will depend on whether you can present it in the same manner in which it was presented to you.
If the artist was well-known this would have been easier for you, but still that doesn’t guarantee your money back. You might just get half back and find someone who will love it as you did. I would try a consignment environment so it is displayed on a wall with furniture in a nice room setting. 
The last thing you could do is have someone look at it who might have more insight on it. The Hatfield Galleries in Manchester is known for artwork, and they might be able to help you more, because this is their field of expertise.
My opinion is that it is a nice picture, but I think the value is in the eye of the beholder.

Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).





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