Joseph Henry Sharp Painting, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $80,000 - $150,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (3:02)
Paintings & Drawings
Owner and President
Harwood Fine Arts, Inc.
GUEST: It was owned by my grandfather, and he was in the Army. And I think that he purchased it when he was posted in Arizona around 1920.
GUEST: And it's been in my family every since.
APPRAISER: And do you know who the artist is?
GUEST: Yes, it's Joseph Henry Sharp.
APPRAISER: And do you know anything about Mr. Sharp?
GUEST: I've done a little research but not that much. I mean, he was a painter around the turn of the century, painted a lot of Western art, founded the Taos colony around that time-- was one of the founders of it. That's all I know.
APPRAISER: Actually, Sharp was known as the father of the Taos art colony. And while there were many individuals there who painted Native Americans, he probably was the one who did it with the most fidelity, the most sensitivity; to portray people as they truly were rather than overly romanticizing them. He was actually born in Ohio and was trained in Europe and worked at a number of different areas before he ended up permanently in New Mexico. He painted the Plains Indians and was very well known for doing that. But as well as painting them, he befriended them, and he collected their artifacts and really devoted his life to trying to capture what he saw as their vanishing civilization. As these pictures have become more well known, they've become much more collectible. And the Taos School painters have become very, very sought after in the American art market. If you give me a hand, there are some kind of interesting inscriptions on the back. You can see that right here it says "Rabbit Tail," and I have a feeling that's the name of this brave. And then it says "Shoshone" below. Um, what's written above I can't interpret, and I suspect it's in a language that we don't understand. As a quick aside, before we put it back, um, I would do something about the string. And it has this marvelous frame, too, that really complements the picture and is exactly the sort of thing you like to see on there, so we want to take good care of that, too. In terms of dating the picture, I personally feel I would need to do a little bit of research before I could say with any certainty, because he did work in this genre for a long period of time, but, you know, I would think it probably is sometime between 1900 and 1920. Now, have you ever had it appraised?
APPRAISER: Have you checked on the market for this material at all?
GUEST: No, I don't even know how to do that.
APPRAISER: Can you give me a guess as to what you think it's worth?
GUEST: But I don't know.
APPRAISER: I think if this picture were to come up at auction today, you'd see it estimated perhaps at between $80,000 to $120,000.
GUEST: That's a lot of thousands.
APPRAISER: I think if you're going to insure it, you should be thinking of at least $150,000.
GUEST: Wow, that's fantastic.
APPRAISER: Is that the number of thousands you were thinking about?
GUEST: No, that's more.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a burgeoning market, and it's because of the appreciation for both this kind of picture and Sharp's particular talent. They're rare-- I mean, look at how beautiful it is.
GUEST: I know, it is gorgeous. I was thinking of ten, maybe 15...
APPRAISER: Oh, no, no, no...
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