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Lithograph titled “Musical Interlude” by Jacob Richard

This painting was given to me a few years ago. It belonged to my grandma and was handed down to me. The only info I have is the name on the bottom right corner is Jacob Robert or Roberts who was born 1818 and died 1967 he painted landscaping pictures if I’m not mistaken and he is famous. Thank you!

Description and history

This is a lithograph titled “Musical Interlude” by Jacob Richard. The lithograph was quite popular at the time, it was mass produced and sold as a decorative piece. In some cases, lithographs have a rough surface, which is called “enhanced print”. This enhancement has an explanation: it is a regular print with a thin layer of varnish on top that resembles brush strokes roughness. However, it doesn’t add any extra value to a print, as it is still a decorative piece.

As we can see in the picture, the signature is printed. Some prints are hand signed (they are called limited edition prints) that are more valuable. But in this case, it is clearly a normal print.

Appraisal Value ($)

– 25-35$

How to sell it

Art pieces are difficult to sell, you will need some time to find a buyer, so be patient!

To sell the items, I would recommend doing so through the internet. You have plenty of options, for instance:

– Ebay, Craiglist, Etsy, Facebook ads, Amazon marktplace

I would probably go ahead and take a couple of good pictures, like described here:

https://www.channelreply.com/blog/view/how-to-take-photos-for-ebay

Then I would use the provided description as a text to the ad, and an attractive ad title will make it.

There isn’t any special difference between selling it on Etsy, FB or Amazon. I would recommend to upload the same ad to at least two or three platforms. It will ensure a high visibility of the ad.

The asking price can be close to the value, it depends upon how fast you want to sell. In general, an agressive strategy of 20% price cut will work great, however it depends upon your specific location.

About the valuation method

To value this item I have considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from asking prices that you can find on the internet. You can see ads on the internet with different asking prices. However, a very high asking price doesn’t normally find cash from a buyer. 

That’s why our method comprises searching and comparing similar past sale results that had a buyer. That’s why we can provide an accurate estimation of this item.

For art pieces, remember that it isn’t the same a print, a limited edition print or an original art piece. If the artist can’t be identified, the value assigned corresponds to the quality and potential interest of the market for the painting. 

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