Gustave Wiegand Painting & White Frame
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:54)
Paintings & Drawings
Vice President Director of Fine Arts
GUEST: This was my grandmother's. She had it ever since I was a little kid, and I just always loved it. The main reason I brought it in was the frame. She always called it a Stanford White frame, and I knew he was an architect, but I didn't know anything about it.
APPRAISER: Do you know when she got it at all?
GUEST: I have the receipt, actually. I found it when she died. She bought it in 1948 for $57.50 at an auction in Pasadena, California.
APPRAISER: And who's the artist?
GUEST: I can't pronounce the last name. It's Gustave...
APPRAISER: It's Gustave Wiegand.
APPRAISER: He's a German artist. He came to America and studied with artists such as William Merritt Chase, a famous impressionist artist. Gustave Wiegand was born in Germany around 1870. This painting was painted probably in the 19... teens or '20s, around that time. When I saw it, I didn't think it was Wiegand, it was so good. It's just a beautiful painting. You have this wonderful impressionist flowering trees. They're blossoming, there's some sort of fruit blossoms on the hillside. Light colors, flowers, and sort of dappled sunlight coming through it. It's probably painted in upstate New York.
GUEST: My brother, actually washed it.
APPRAISER: He washed it?
GUEST: Yes, with a solution of dishwashing soap, I think.
APPRAISER: It probably could stand a little bit of cleaning. As you see, the sky up here is a little dirty. You can see some of the lighter color here. Maybe you've got a little scrubbing there, but I think it would come out. This sky would be much bluer through here. Now you mentioned the frame.
APPRAISER: You mentioned the Stanford White frame. Do you know much about him?
GUEST: Well, I know he's an architect, and he was murdered, I believe.
GUEST: In New York or Long Island or something like that.
APPRAISER: Yeah, he was a great architect and interior designer. Stanford White was famous for "The Girl In The Velvet Swing." If you've heard that, Evelyn Nesbit, he had an affair with her.
APPRAISER: And Thaw got jealous and shot him dead at Madison Square Garden in 1906. But he had very specific ideas about frames. What he wanted to do was have the frame not detract as much from the painting. Earlier frames would be much more sculptural and they'd be coming out away from the wall in leaves and clusters and everything. Also, they'd be much more brightly gilt. So you see here, bands of laurel leaves and waves, more leaves, corncobs here, bellflowers, grape leafs and clusters, and then a sort of Hispano-Moresque kind of design. It's very typical of a Stanford White frame. He had these designed from Newcomb-Macklin, which is a very famous frame maker. Now as far as the value is concerned, I would say the painting, you know, it's probably about $10,000 to $15,000. But this is one of the best Stanford White frames you'd ever want to have on it. I would think the frame, you'd probably get about $10,000 or $15,000 for that at auction. The frame and painting together, about $20,000 to $30,000.
GUEST: Wow. That's wonderful. That's wonderful.
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