Large George Clare Painting
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (2:14)
Paintings & Drawings
Vice President Director of Fine Arts
APPRAISER: This is something that's been hanging around the house for awhile or...?
GUEST: My great-aunt and then my grandmother and my mom.
APPRAISER: Okay, and do you know who it's by?
GUEST: George Clare.
APPRAISER: Uh-huh. George Clare is a Victorian artist. This is a very Victorian painting. He was the father of Oliver and Vincent Clare. He was born around 1830, his sons were born around 1850s. And they all did the same type of painting. What was impressive about this, I couldn't believe when you brought it in, was the size of it. Okay, now, these guys normally do ones about this big, so it's a very large work for Clare. Another thing about it is they're generally done in pairs. So I would think there's one out there that's about this size that would be of flowers. And there may be one way to find out, and I can show you that here.
GUEST: Okay. That's fine.
APPRAISER: I'll show you the back of this, and on the back you'll find some little clues that'll tell you a little bit more about the history of this George Clare painting. On the back there's some very distinctive black stencils. And what they are are from a London auction house, and they keep meticulous records. This was probably sold about 75 to 100 years ago when they used to do little stencils, and they have accurate records. They can tell you exactly when this sold and what it sold for and what date and what sale. And sometimes they'll say it was sold as a pair and then you'd find out they were split up. And you can call them and write them and they'll tell you. I'd like to know. You always find these. Auction houses and galleries are good about having labels that will tell you more about it. And this one is very distinctive, so you'll be able to figure that out. So let's bring it back around. As I said, this is one of the largest ones I've ever seen. Do you have any idea of value? Ever had it appraised?
GUEST: No, I don't. I was impressed with the frame. I wondered if that was valuable as well.
APPRAISER: The frame-- this is not all that valuable. This is not its original frame. This frame was probably put on in the 1900s, 1920s. But if this were one of the smaller ones, I would say it's about $2,000, and if a pair, about $2,000 to $4,000. But one this large I would say is about $8,000 to $12,000 for a George Clare of this size.
GUEST: That's incredible.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a good painting.
GUEST: Yeah, that's surprising. I'm shocked-- I thought, you know, $500, $600.
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