Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel Painting
Appraised Value: $30,000 - $40,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:10)
Paintings & Drawings
APPRAISER: Bernice, I wonder if you could tell me something about your painting that you brought here today.
GUEST: Well, I really don't know too much about my painting. I was wishing you could tell me something about it, because I had picked it up at a church bazaar.
APPRAISER: And why did you happen to acquire it?
GUEST: Well, I happened to, at one time, been in Canada…
GUEST: Lake Louise.
GUEST: Enjoyed the vacation very much. And when I looked at it and I thought, "Oh, great, this is a picture of Lake Louise." That it's just sort of memorable for me to have a picture of Lake Louise.
APPRAISER: Yeah, it looks very much like Lake Louise. Were you able to read the signature that's down on the lower right-hand side?
GUEST: A friend of mine came over and read the signature, and she said "that's a known artist." And I says, "Oh, it is?" And he says, "Where'd you get it?" And I said, "Well, I got it at the church bazaar."
APPRAISER: Well, Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel was trained in the Art Institute of Chicago under William Merritt Chase, one of America's most famous Impressionist painters. She came out to work with the Santa Fe Railroad to paint murals for them, and that brought her to the West Coast, where she met her husband, who was also an artist. And she painted a great deal up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.
APPRAISER: And she lived until 1954, but she was also one of the few California female Impressionist painters. This painting is a wonderful example of it. It's bright, it's very colorful. What did you pay for this painting when you bought it at the church bazaar?
GUEST: You wouldn't believe it. I think I paid more something like four or five dollars.
APPRAISER: Four or five dollars? Well, you know there's been a tremendous rise in California Impressionist paintings in terms of the marketplace. And this would probably be worth about, oh, in the neighborhood of $30,000 to $40,000 today. So I think it's kind of marvelous that you were able to...
GUEST: Oh, my gosh, no.
APPRAISER: Yeah, between $30,000 and $40,000.
GUEST: Oh for heaven's sakes! Wonderful!
APPRAISER: Yeah, well she was a good artist and very few...
GUEST: Oh, wonderful. Well, I liked it. I liked it because it, you know, as I said, it's cheerful and it's outdoors and it looked very nice to have in my living room. I still can't believe it.
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