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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years.Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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approximate value of field sketch, oil on board, by James swinnerton

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approximate value of field sketch, oil on board, by James swinnerton - Desert Ironwood in Bloom, Salton Sea in background?

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.

I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.

Along with that experience, I also rely on an extensive personal library of reference books plus access to the results from major auction houses.

I will be pleased to help you. but I need one more piece of information.

What are the length and width of your painting without the frame?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The unframed size is 13 inches by 16 inches; the frame is very unusual with colours of the painting threaded through it.

Thank you for that information.

My research found the following auction results for oil on board field paintings about the same sizes yours.

15 x 17.2" - Santa Fe Auction - 11.16.13 - est $2000-3000. Sold $3000.

11.8 x 16" - John Moran Auctioneers - 10.18.11 - est $1000-1500. Sold $4594.

12 x 16" - Altermann Galleries - 4.1.11 - est $2000-3000. $2640.

Taking these similar works of similar suze, my estimate of auction sale valuefor your Swinnerton painting would be $3500-5000..

A retail art gallery would charge at least 20% more.

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