American Pastel Portrait of a Child, ca. 1825
Appraised Value: $40,000 - $45,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:44)
GUEST: This was in my great-grandmother's house in Jacksonville, Florida, who died at 100 in 1967. I know that she left Savannah and came to Jacksonville about 1872 after her father was in the War Between the States. And the house that it was hanging in is now 110 years old, that they built.
APPRAISER: I see.
GUEST: So it has a lot of age. But the story was that somebody staying at the house did the painting, which I thought was possibly true, because her house also had ceiling paintings from another man who painted to get board and food in the house at one time. So that's all I know.
APPRAISER: Do you have any idea on the age of it?
GUEST: No, I don't.
APPRAISER: Okay, my feeling, and I've talked to some of the other appraisers here, is this is probably going to date about 1820 to 1830. It's definitely got an American feel to it. It's not a European painting. Seeing this child lovingly looking at you with these beautiful blue eyes-- isn't it charming?
GUEST: Oh, yeah, I love it.
APPRAISER: Now, I understand there is another pastel which you did not bring. Could you tell us about it?
GUEST: This is the picture of it, and it's a lady. And basically if you say 1820, I was thinking my great-grandmother's grandmother was a very early doctor in Savannah. So it could have been it came out of that line. I don't know any more about her except the frames are the same. When my great-grandmother died, the children took what they wanted. These were left, so my mother took them so they wouldn't be thrown away.
APPRAISER: If these were ever thrown away, I'd like to be picking up garbage at your house...
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: These would be a fun find on the curb. It's in its original frame. The stretcher is in its original stretcher. It's never been cleaned, it's had no restoration, and it could have restoration down the road. In the one area where you might have some restoration done is right here. And a professional in a restoration shop could do that. I am going to say this child on a good day in our shop in New York would be in the range of $40,000 to $45,000.
GUEST: Oh, my g...! No!
APPRAISER: Yes-- I kid you not.
APPRAISER: Let's add a bit more to it. If this woman, which appears to be from the same artist, by the same hand, in the same type of frame, were grouped with this beautiful child, I think you could be looking at probably in the price range of $80,000 to $100,000.
GUEST: Oh, my... oh, gosh.
APPRAISER: So how's that?
GUEST: Oh... wow. I can't believe it.
APPRAISER: I want to tell you how charming this child is. It's a breath of fresh air.
GUEST: I can't have it hanging out any more in the stairwell.
APPRAISER: Oh, you should-- you have to enjoy it.
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