1911 Julian Onderdonk Painting

Value (2007) | $75,000 Retail$100,000 Retail

It's a family heirloom. I inherited it from my great-aunt. And it has some information on the back about the location, which is South Texas.

Do you have a connection with... is the family...

No. We're from California.

It's signed down here Julian Onderdonk. He was born in San Antonio, and his father was an artist, Robert, and that was his first art teacher. And when he was 19 years old, he went up to New York to study at the Art Students League, and he also studied under a famous American artist named William Merritt Chase. And William Merritt Chase had an approach to painting which was called plein air, which meant that you painted outside, and he emphasized painting the impression of the landscape rather than specific details. And I think you can see here that that's what Onderdonk tried to do. Impressionist. And in 1909, Onderdonk went back to Texas, went back to San Antonio, where he continued to paint all kinds of landscapes. He became really well known for painting bluebonnet, which is a very popular subject for Texans. But, at the same time, he had a job with the Dallas State Fair Association, which required him to go back to New York once a year. And this was actually very helpful for him because he got to be very well known in New York as well as in Texas. So I think is a really nice example of his work, and one nice detail here is this rider on the road going off into the distance. He also was known as the father of Texas painting. He's a very important artist in Texas. And because the American paintings market is so strong, and as works by major artists have become harder to find, people have gotten much more interested in artists who were formerly known as regional artists. I think that if you were selling this in a gallery, it might bring as much as $75,000, or even as much as $100,000 in Texas. So I think you have a very nice picture.

My goodness. Thank you. My goodness. Oh, man.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2007)
$75,000 Retail$100,000 Retail
Louisville, KY (July 28, 2007)
Canvas , Paint

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.