Frederick Judd Waugh Oil Painting, ca. 1920
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000
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Appraisal Video: (3:01)
Paintings & Drawings
APPRAISER: It's a beautiful piece.
GUEST: It is.
APPRAISER: It's definitely a step above what you usually see. Usually they're just plain. Uh... but a nice piece. A painful but nice piece. Now, I know some people may consider this rather a dark painting, tonally. What was it that appealed to you first about it?
GUEST: Well, that it was dark, it looked like it was Victorian-type. And the frame I love.
APPRAISER: Any idea who the artist is?
GUEST: I have a name there, but I could never really see it.
APPRAISER: I'll show you a little trick of the trade here, using nature's cleanser. Don't necessarily use this at home, but... if you just use a little bit of this and just gently go over like that, we can see W-A-U-G, and it's dropped its H, due to this little bit of damage there, but it's "Waugh--" Frederick Judd Waugh, who was an artist from New Jersey. This is a very unusual painting for him because he almost always painted marine scenes.
GUEST: Marine scenes?
APPRAISER: Breaking waves-- white, bright, lively, vivid paintings. So this is very much at the other end of that spectrum. Many of them were painted up in New England, which is where he lived. I suspect that some of these items here were collected when he was actually living in England. He was away for about 15 years. In fact, rumor has it that when he was coming back from Paris on the boat that he made up his mind to become a marine artist. This is a nice example, and one of the things I like about it most is it's got a nice sort of Art Deco feel to it. We can see in the sort of pattern up here in the textiles, which suggest to me also it's probably painted in the 1920s. At first I thought it might be an early work because it wasn't typical, but the signature is actually consistent with his later paintings. And we've got to assume this is a nice old, English china coffee pot with I would suspect gold leaf around here. And again, I think it will clean up well and you'll get all these fairly subtle areas, highlights popping up on the ceramics. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia and actually studied there with Eakins. Prior to that he studied with his father, who was a well-known portrait artist, Samuel Bell Waugh, also in Philadelphia. Where did you buy it?
GUEST: I ran across this elderly woman who was having a garage sale. She was moving, and she said it was just too much for her to handle. And she'd gotten it from her son, and she said that she just wanted to get rid of it. And I noticed there was some damage up here, and I talked her into selling it to me for around ten dollars.
APPRAISER: Ten dollars. Well, I think this is a really nice example of his work and very few of the still lifes have come up. Now, you could argue that means they're not going to be worth as much as the marine-scapes. I tend to think differently. If this were to appear at auction, I would expect it to fetch probably quite comfortably $8,000 to $12,000.
GUEST: Well, that's better than ten bucks.
APPRAISER: Certainly is better than ten bucks. And also the frame itself, it's a very nice hand-carved frame and on it's own probably worth several hundred dollars.
GUEST: I like it. I'll keep it.
APPRAISER: Yeah, well, that's good to know.
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