Alberto Lynch Painting, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:22)
Paintings & Drawings
Vice President Director of Fine Arts
APPRAISER: Well, it's an interesting painting you have here. It looks like it's been through a war or something.
GUEST: (laughing) Well, this is actually the reason why I bought it. It's a mat, it's not the frame.
APPRAISER: Right. And so I thought, well, it must have come out of a beautiful frame to have a mat that was this nice.
GUEST: Yeah, it probably had. This is just a liner.
APPRAISER: Yeah, yeah. What we call a liner on the inside. And it was velvet, and you can see it's sort of all worn out. It was probably a large gilt frame. About the painting itself, though, do you know who it is?
GUEST: Well, it says it's Albert Lynch. I know he was an illustrator, an American illustrator. But he's from Peru, and that's it.
GUEST: That's all I know.
APPRAISER: Yeah, he is one of the few Peruvian artists, who is known as Alberto Lynch, and actually, if you go to Lima, there are streets named after him, you know-- Calle Alberto Lynch-- he's so famous there. But like many other Spanish artists, like Madrazo and Rico y Ortega, really made his flash in Paris, and painted at the turn of the century. This was probably painted around 1900, I would think. You can tell by the costume and everything else. It's signed, but you can barely see it. It's down here, and you can see "L-Y-N-C-H." It's hard to see that signature, but to me, this is signed all over. You have his typical beautiful woman in high society from Paris. Now, where'd you get it?
GUEST: I got it from an estate sale, an estate auction.
APPRAISER: Uh-huh, okay. Did you pay a lot of money for it?
GUEST: No. Well, I paid $400 for it, but I thought she was certainly worth that. And it's a little yellowed.
APPRAISER: Did you try to clean it at all?
GUEST: No, that was not me. I wanted to tell you, I'm not responsible for that.
APPRAISER: Okay. That's not your doing.
GUEST: That's not me.
APPRAISER: Yeah, it looks like somebody did a little attempt to clean this at some point. They probably took a solvent and got through some of the yellowed varnish here. That can be cleaned, I think, for a modest amount, but I would contact a local museum and have them recommend a conservator who could do that, because it's worth doing on this painting. One of the things I like about it is it's a very sophisticated painting. You get this French high society, this very aristocratic face here, this very pointy nose and pouty lips, but also, this very deft use of light, and how he's picking up the arms and the fingernails and the hands. So this back lighting, which is difficult to do and pull off correctly. Lynch is quite popular. I would think if you were to put this at auction today, I would put an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
GUEST: Oh, wonderful! That's lovely.
APPRAISER: But keep the little label, because it's not really signed that strongly.
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