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    Samuel George Phillips Painting, ca. 1940

    Appraised Value:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Appraised on: July 16, 2005

    Appraised in: Houston, Texas

    Appraised by: Debra Force

    Category: Paintings & Drawings

    Episode Info: Houston, Hour 1 (#1004)

    Originally Aired: January 30, 2006

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    Form: Landscape
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $10,000 - $15,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:59)


    Appraised By:

    Debra Force
    Paintings & Drawings

    Debra Force Fine Art, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My mother died about five years ago, and I inherited it from her, and she got it from her gentleman friend, and he was from Pennsylvania. And my wife did a little research over the last couple of years on the Internet and found that this George Phillips was a painter from Pennsylvania, and so we thought there might be a connection some way or other. I also had an opportunity to look on-line and see other pictures that have been at auction and to compare them.

    APPRAISER: The total painting is very consistent, so we do, in fact, have a Samuel George Phillips, which is great.

    GUEST: Good.

    APPRAISER: And he was considered a member of what is commonly called the New Hope school, which was based in New Hope, Pennsylvania, along the Delaware, about an hour or so from Philadelphia. And the painting is very characteristic of what these artists were doing. They loved the landscape, and that's generally what they with lots of impasto, or texture, and it gives the painting sort of a sense of dimension. Certainly the rolling hills and the elongated trees are also often characteristic, and you also see this wonderful stone wall, which is sometimes evident in that area as well. Now, have you any idea of what the value is for something like this?

    GUEST: Well, my wife had done some research, and it might be worth a thousand dollars, but I...

    APPRAISER: A thousand dollars? Well, this artist, as all the artists of the New Hope school-- his work has been escalating quite rapidly, and this has really gone on pretty much in the last three to five years.

    GUEST: Really!

    APPRAISER: And a painting like this, of this quality and this size... certainly the inclusion of buildings is very important. If it were just a landscape, it wouldn't be quite as interesting. I would judge, if this were to come up at auction, the auction estimate would be $10,000 to $15,000.

    GUEST: Whoa, baby! Isn't that great? That is really neat.

    APPRAISER: I think it's pretty great. For insurance purposes, I'd definitely insure it for $15,000.

    APPRAISER: Well, thank you very much.

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