Thomas Willis Silkwork & Oil Painting, ca. 1895

Value (2017) | $2,500 Auction$3,000 Auction
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GUEST:
This is a picture that's been in my family since before I was born. It was my grandmother's.

APPRAISER:
We're attributing this to Thomas Willis. Thomas Willis was in the business of selling and manufacturing silk thread, and ultimately made a career out of producing these particularly beautiful silk work portraits of yachts. He was commissioned by the New York Yacht Club to do portraits of these vessels, and became the choice of wealthy people who were very much into yachting at that time. Many of them have condition problems, and they're extremely difficult. Can you imagine trying to repair this?

GUEST:
No.

APPRAISER:
Rigging is all silk thread. This is in perfect condition. I would value this in the area of somewhere $2,500 to $3,000, or maybe a little bit more, and that would be in an auction setting.

GUEST:
Uh-huh, okay.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2017)
$2,500 Auction$3,000 Auction
Event
Orlando, FL (June 18, 2016)
Category
Folk Art
Material
Oil , Silk

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