Théophile Jean Delaye Watercolors
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $10,000 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:00)
Paintings & Drawings
Vice President Director of Fine Arts
APPRAISER: A couple of garage sale finds here?
GUEST: Thrift store.
APPRAISER: Thrift store, okay. What did you pay for these?
GUEST: $15 each.
APPRAISER: Well, what they are is watercolor and gouache. The artist is Théophile-Jean Delaye, and there's little inscriptions on each of these. One is "The Markets of Fez," which is a town in Morocco. And then down below we have "Tinzouline." He does a lot of these scenes of the architecture where you see these sort of mud brick buildings. But the ones that tend to do better are the ones that are market scenes. As I said, these are the ones which are very typical. And those sell generally for about $2,000.
APPRAISER: Now the market scenes, the last ones I've seen sold for $5,000 and $9,000 at auction. So basically, for your $30, you've probably came up with about $6,000 to $10,000 worth.
GUEST: Pretty good investment.
APPRAISER: I think so, yeah.
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