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A signed Marc Chagall ArtWork

  • Andres G 
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This artwork was gifted to my father approximately 40 years ago, by his art professor, and future Dean of faculty at Western Sydney University. It is on thicker card type paper, seems to be an actual work, rather than a lithograph. It is signed Marc Chagall 1949, and measures approximately 60cm x 40cm. I have more photos if needed. Thank you

This is your appraisal report, it has the following sections: Description and History, Appraisal Value (US$), How to sell it, and About the Valuation method. 

Description and history

This is an artwork by Marc Chagall, very similar to the known oil on canvas “The Dance”. In 1950 Chagall began work on two large murals to decorate the auditorium of the newly-opened Watergate theatre in London. The original oil on canvas is currently part of the Tate collection, while the mural is exhibited in Musée National Marc Chagall, National Museum of Marc Chagall, Nice, France. The original oil on canvas is a large oil on canvas, you can see the original here (as a comparison I included the picture of the other artwork).

As you can see there are some differences between them, some of them are found in other Marc Chagall paintings, for instance, in Dimanche, painted in 1952:

The style and type of painting may match with Chagall, but there are some key differences. First, it is signed, but the signature doesn’t match with any of his signatures. Here is one pic of the signature:

The signature doesn’t match at all, there are variations, but the letter M is really different from all of them. We also have a problem with the date, it is signed in 1949, but the Chagall began with the mural one year later, in 1950. More over, some parts of this art work were painted in a later period (Dimanche was painted in 1952). So the signature and the dates doesn’t match. It looks like a reproduction, like a collage, of Marc Chagall paintings made by an amateur artist.

With all of this in mind, I am inclined to think this is a reproduction of Chagall artwork, however, it is difficult to know with only pics. In this case I will provide appraisal value in case it is original or a reproduction. 

Appraisal Value ($)

– 700-900$ for a reproduction and 30M$ if it is original.

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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:

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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