1924 Glenn Hale Folk Art Painting

Value (2008) | $10,000 Auction$15,000 Auction

My stepfather was an auctioneer, a realtor and a farmer. And the story goes he was up in an attic, apparently looking at something, and this woman said, "I'm throwing this out on the trash pile." She said, "If you like it, take it, or we're burning it." So he took it home and it was in my mother's and his house for over 30 years, and we inherited it.

When people think of folk art, they might think of things made in the 18th and 19th century. But throughout the 20th century, there were a lot of folk artists who were busy at work. Here's an example painted, I think, in 1924.


You figured out, the man who painted the picture, his name is Glenn Hale. We don't know anything about Glenn Hale.

Not a thing.

But one thing we can see is that Glenn Hale loved this farm. The family farm in this day and age is really endangered. There aren't too many of them left. And if we look at the picture, which, technically speaking, isn't particularly well painted, it shows his lack of academic training, but nonetheless, he knew how to paint. This picture comes from the soul, and it shows his love of landscape. We look at this Arts and Crafts bungalow-style house. This house would have been built somewhere early in the 20th century. At the time that the picture was painted, it was essentially a pretty new house. It's beautifully landscaped. Their daughter is sitting on the steps. She has her baby carriage. And as you go towards the center of the picture, there's a touring car driving by. There's a woman who's feeding chickens. Somebody has been interrupted from chopping wood. They've got their 19th-century hay wagon there, juxtaposed with the automobile.


You've got a fellow on horseback there, perhaps getting ready to bring the cows home. The artist changed his mind. There are a couple of cows that are totally painted over. Why he did that we'll never know. I love this picture. I think it's a total charmer. It's a little difficult to come up with a value on a picture such as this, by virtue of its size. A lot of people would say, "I love the picture, but I can't accommodate it." But it qualifies in my book as a first-rate example of American folk art from the early 20th century. So we quizzed each other at our table and came up with a consensus. For auction purposes, I would estimate the value of this picture between $10,000 and $15,000.

Appraisal Details

Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2008)
$10,000 Auction$15,000 Auction
Grand Rapids, MI (August 09, 2008)
Folk Art

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.