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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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I have two painting by A.Schoder May, both measure 23x19",

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I have two painting by A.Schoder May, both measure 23x19", would they be worth selling? Is he a sought after artist. Both have 4 men around a table but are different. Any suggestions please
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please tell me the sizes, not including frames. Do not remove from frames.

What is the medium - oils, watercolors, etc.?

Kind regards,

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi there, thanks for your response, they are 20"Dx16"W, I'm not sure I will send photos if that's possible.

The artist is Albert Friedrich Shroder, a German - (1854-1939).

He sometimes included "May" in his signature.

When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed 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 widely accepted method of assessment, I was able to determine an auction value of $3754 for each of your paintings (same major factors) assuming good condition and depending on sale location.

Please note, I realize there are paintings by Schroder than have sold for more but I had to use the more recent sales.

As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -

The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to estimated retail try the following -

Try ads on sites such as

Some like where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small - 20 cents to list an item plus 3.5% of the final price.

Or list with no fees whatsoever:

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi there Doris, these have been sitting in my shed, bloody hell, that is a fortune to me, an incredible sum for each painting. I am totally grateful for the information you have given me, you have been a BIG help, thank you, ***** ***** that.
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You are most welcome.

Please be aware that the auction sale prices for this painter vary more widely than usual.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Hi there, sorry to trouble you again, how would I know if they were reproductions or not? Would they still be worth selling?
Many Thanks

Serves 12 with 5 pieces each and 12 serving pieces?

My computer jumped to this question with response to another.

Back to you in a few minutes.

In looking back through our exchanges, I found you never responded to my question about medium.

Are the pieces on canvas? Are the surfaces a bit uneven with a few tiny bumps of paint?

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris,
No neither look bumpy, not a good sign I suppose?

No, Jackie, it is not.

Are they on canvas?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ive cleaned the glass, there is a slight raised effect yes, crumbs I'm so crap at this, so sorry.

If the pieces are under glass, they are almost certain not to be oil but copies.

If there is no backing, please tell me if the pieces are on canvas.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they are under glass, yes there is backing unfortunately too

Do they have separate thinker mats (like cut cardboard surrounding all side and on top between the color and the frame?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've put on 5 pictures the last one shows the top of the painting (it's pale) which is like wood or a weave to me but what do I know, sorry. Also I can see that it is in a frame in a frame if that makes sense, you can see by the back.
Bet I've been the most complicated of today for you, apologise.

They are well-framed. The name on the back is that of framing company.

Shroder worked almost exclusively in oils, certainly with subject matter like yours.

With glass over them, your pieces are prints/reproductions.

As framed prints, they are worth about $175-200 each.

I truly wish I had better news for you.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hey thanks that's better than a kick in the teeth, greatly appreciated
Kindest Regards

You are welcome.

Again, I wish the result were better.