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Chrysanthemums – Henri Fantin Latour

Description and history

 ‘Chrysanthemums’ was created in 1879 by Henri Fantin-Latour in Realism style. There are several versions of this artwork, the most popular is the yellow color Chrysanthemums. The original painting is located in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, you can see and image of the original here:

Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers.

About the type of artwork, we can see from the pics that it has a rough surface. However, the roughness is constant, which is typical of a lithograph (Fantin-Latour was a known lithographer). For the case of an original painting, we should see a kind of roughness that matches the colors and resembles brush strokes. However, in this case, the surface is homogeneous, so it wasn’t hand painted. Regarding the signature, this kind of lithograph is called signed in plate, which means the signature is printed. It is clearly a normal lithograph, as it isn’t hand signed or numbered.

With this description I can provide an estimation of the value.

Appraisal Value ($)

– 60-80$

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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