"Voyage of Life" Engravings, ca. 1855
Appraised Value: $2,500 - $3,000 (1998)
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Appraisal Video: (1:22)
Prints & Posters
The Philadelphia Print Shop West
GUEST: These are four prints that were given to me by my mom. They've been passed on for several generations and it's actually four steel engravings that are copies of Thomas Cole's original drawings, I believe.
APPRAISER: Right, their value comes from the fact that they are based on a series of paintings by Thomas Cole. And they're wonderful engravings by James Smillie. The four images show the voyage of a man through life, from the voyage of childhood to the voyage of youth-- of life, for youth-- manhood, and finally we have old age. These are a great series of images by Thomas Cole, and they're very, very finely engraved by James Smillie. These really epitomize the best of both American art and American printmaking in the 19th century, and that's where their value lies. As you can see, they are actually not in very good condition, and that very much does affect their value. But they are a complete set, which is unusual, and as they are, their value is about $2,500 to $3,000.
GUEST: No kidding.
APPRAISER: If you had them fixed up, and they can be fixed up, they could we worth as much as $4,000. But as they are now, it's $2,500 to $3,000.
GUEST: Very good.
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