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What’s It Worth? Miniatures — Art On A Smaller Scale

Miniatures — Art On A Smaller Scale

If you have fine art of any kind or any size for sale, we would love to purchase it or put it up on one of our upcoming auctions. Miniature paintings have been done for centuries, but reached their peak in the early to mid-1800s with the Peale family’s impressive output of miniature paintings. The family was famous for them; if you have something signed Peale, it could be worth anywhere from $300 to $100,000.

The grandfather, Charles Willson Peale, was known for painting George Washington and many other Revolutionary War figures. He died in 1827 and his work can go for six figures. His son, Rembrandt Peale (Peale named all of his children for favorite artists), as well as other sons, daughters and grandsons, were all artists in their own right and worked until the late 1800s.

While we have only owned three paintings by the Peale family, we currently have in our possession a miniature signed by 19th-century painter Amy Otis, and one more attributed to her as well; they are estimated to bring $500- $700 each. Their value is higher because their subjects are identified. The white Janet Wheeler miniature was painted by Wheeler in Philadelphia and is worth only $100. The 14K gold classic miniature is unsigned, but quite old and on porcelain, and worth $300-$500. The pair of New York cityscapes by Margareta Cavallius was done in 1960 and sold at Caldwell for $150-$250 because they were relatively modern. The portrait of the child with kitten is by Peale and is housed in a museum. If it came to market it would be worth several hundred thousand dollars.

If you have fine art of any kind or any size for sale, we would love to purchase it or put it up on one of our upcoming auctions. Call 727.896.0622 to speak with one of our art experts.

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June, 2016