Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • ON TOUR
  • WATCH ONLINE
  • WEB EXCLUSIVES
  • RESOURCES
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Louis Comfort Tiffany Oil Painting

    Appraised Value:

    $15,000 - $25,000

    Appraised on: August 18, 2007

    Appraised in: Las Vegas, Nevada

    Appraised by: David Weiss

    Category: Paintings & Drawings

    Episode Info: Las Vegas, Hour 3 (#1218)

    Originally Aired: May 26, 2008

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 1  

    More Like This:

    Form: Landscape
    Material: Oil
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $15,000 - $25,000

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

    Comment

    Appraisal Video: (2:27)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

    David Weiss
    Paintings & Drawings, Rugs & Textiles

    Freeman's Auctioneers

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This is an oil painting that my grandmother gave me. It's something that she bought in the 1960s. She purchased it from a friend of hers for $250. When she arrived at the apartment, the husband of her friend was handing it to Barbra Streisand.

    APPRAISER: Wow.

    GUEST: And she went over to Ms. Streisand and took it out of her hands and said, "No, that's mine." I know that it was done by Tiffany.

    APPRAISER: Yeah, it is a painting by Tiffany, and it's signed here "Louis C. Tiffany." When you think of Tiffany, you think of the guy who pioneered lampshades, stained glass, really a pioneer in decorative arts. So to see a painting is not rare, but it's a little bit unusual. Tiffany was born in 1848 in New York. He died in 1933. He studied with Samuel Colman and George Inness, two American landscape painters. And, in addition to his work in the decorative arts, he traveled throughout the world painting. He was a member of, ultimately, the National Academy of Design, which he then, with other artists, rebelled against and created a group called the Society of American Artists. He painted in a realistic style. As far as where the painting may have been executed, he painted throughout Canada, Europe, America, even the Bahamas-- all over. So it's a little bit difficult to say exactly where this might be located. The painting isn't dated, so we don't know exactly when the painting would have been executed. But chances are it would have been probably circa late 19th century. The painting itself appears to be in very good shape. It looks like it's probably untouched. In the sky, there's a little bit of craquelure, which is something that's really an inherent vice to an old painting, but it doesn't look like any mechanical damage that a person would have done. And I think the painting could stand a cleaning. Do you have any idea what a painting like this today would sell for?

    GUEST: Hopefully more than $250.

    APPRAISER: Today, if this painting were offered at auction, it would probably sell in the area of $15,000 to $25,000.

    GUEST: A little more.

    APPRAISER: Yeah, for $250, it was quite a prudent buy. It's a really nice example of Tiffany's work. Thank you so much for bringing it in.

    GUEST: My deer-in-the-headlight moment.

    APPRAISER: Well, thanks again, it's a great painting.

    GUEST: Thank you.



    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube