Vincenzo Irolli Painting
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:38)
Paintings & Drawings
Nan Chisholm Fine Art, Ltd.
GUEST: This painting belonged to my aunt, who passed away a couple of years ago, and my sister and I inherited it. And it was given to her by one of her neighbors. When he passed away, he gifted it to her and as far as we know, he purchased it in Italy and was the original owner. It's always been in this frame under glass... until today.
APPRAISER: Well, we had to take it out of the frame a little while ago because some of the spacers were falling in front of the picture and we wanted everybody to be able to see it. So let's just take it away from the frame. The picture is signed down here: Vincenzo Irolli. He's an Italian artist, born in Naples around 1860 and he died in 1942. So he had quite a long career and didn't date his paintings. So I would think this is from around the turn of the century, you know, late 19th, early 20th century. Prior to his time as an artist, there were a group of Italian artists who were sort of precursors to French impressionists and they were very interested in the surfaces of paintings and how the paint looked; and that to them was more important than the subject matter or any kind of message the painting might get. And in a way, Irolli has continued this tradition where he alternates areas of very brushy, heavy impasto with these smoother areas like the face. And this is his kind of trademark style. One thing I think is so interesting is that for all these years it's been under glass, which has certainly helped keep the painting in very good condition and very clean, but in the case of many oil paintings, it's actually much easier to see the painting and the surfaces, the impasto, the variations in the amount of paint and this... the beautiful quality of the paint if it's not under glass. You said you were interested in getting a value on this because you really hadn't had it appraised up to this point.
GUEST: No, we've never been able to get an appraisal.
APPRAISER: Do you know anything more about the original price?
GUEST: Not until today, when we took the backing off for the first time and there was a tag on the back, a price tag, that says Porto Fino and it looks like 400 lire. I have no idea how much that would be worth today.
APPRAISER: It really... it's very popular. He's known for painting daily life and especially very beautiful children, and his market has been very strong in recent years. And I think this might bring around $20,000 to $30,000 at auction.
GUEST: Great. Thank you.
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