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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 10895
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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Is a painting by Olaf Barnett worth keeping

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is a painting by Olaf Barnett worth keeping
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.I will be pleased to help you.Please tell me the sight dimensions of your painting, not including the frame.Also, I need to know the medium - oils, watercolors, etc. I look forward to your reply.Kind regards,Doris
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The painting is 20"X16" and I believe it is in oils but am no expert. It seems quite amateurish.
It is of a house local to Sussex , England and it was displayed at the Royal Academy in 1953.
I hope this helps.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Olaf Blayney Barnett was born in England in 1911. I have no information on his death or career.When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.Using this standard method, I was able to determine that your painting would have an auction value of $454 assuming good condition. This means a retail art gallery would charge about $1000-1100 for your Olaf Barnett 20x16" painting. If you would like to sell, see my suggestions here -The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to retail try the following -I suggest the you try selling try ads on sites such as like where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small or not existent.A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.I hope I have helped you.If I can help you with further questions about this answer, please let me know before you rate me.All my answers are quoted in USA dollars.I endeavor to give realistic, honest answers in a timely manner.Please take a little time to give me a POSITIVE RATING now so that I am compensated by JA for my time and effort. This is of no cost to you. Please do not rate me down because of system difficulty, site charges or current appraisal values - all three are beyond my control.Please let me know if you have difficulty with the site's rating system. To rate me, you should see 5 stars near my answer. 5 stars gives me the best rating.Kind regards.DorisIf you would like to request me in the future, just type "Doris" at the first of the question.Thank you.