Hovsep Pushman Painting, ca. 1925

Value (2018) | $6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
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APPRAISER:
This is an interesting painting. It's by an artist named Hovsep Pushman. It's signed on here, "Hovsep Pushman." He's an Armenian artist.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
He was born in 1877. Studied in Constantinople, and then went to the United States when he was about 17. And then after that, when he was about 30, he went to Paris and learned the craft. When I saw this, I was surprised to see the signature Hovsep Pushman, because he, almost nine times out of ten, does still lifes. It's actually an Armenian bride-- it's on her wedding day.

GUEST:
Is that what that is? Okay, it's a wedding.

APPRAISER:
And so it's a very personal thing for him, coming from Armenia. She has typical jewelry there, the beads, and then this lovely veil.

GUEST:
Beautiful.

APPRAISER:
Which, of course, like our tradition, we don't take it off until, until they're married.

GUEST:
After.

APPRAISER:
So you paid less than $50?

GUEST:
Yeah, that was tops.

APPRAISER:
It'll be nice to know it's probably worth about $8,000 to $12,000.

GUEST:
Oh, it is?

APPRAISER:
Yeah.

GUEST:
All right, brilliant.

APPRAISER:
It's a great painting.

GUEST:
I didn't think it would be worth like that.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Bonhams, NY
New York, NY
Update (2018)
$6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Appraised value (2003)
$8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Event
San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2003)
Material
Oil

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