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Balthasar Friedrich Leizelt “Vue De Salem” in a frame with sticker from Aurther Ackermann and Son on the back. I wonder if it was Aurthers way of showing proof of authentication by framing it and putting his sticker on back…?


This is a professional appraisal report, provided upon request. In this report, I researched and interpreted information provided by the requester. The appraisal report contains different sections to complete the description, identification, and appraisal of this artwork ( ). Extra information like where the painting came from, who painted it, what style it is, when it was made, how it was valued (Mark to Market Valuation), and where to sell it.

This report is designed to give you an appraisal value for the artwork you own, whether it is a painting, sculpture, or another type of art. The information provided will help you to understand your piece and its value. I use the world reserve currency (US dollars) to appraise each piece. The selection aims to avoid currency risk variations that could affect appraisals over time. This report is not intended to encourage you to sell this piece; rather, it aims to provide information on your art’s value so that you know what steps to take if you do wish to sell.

Description, research, and provenance of

Identification with Artificial Intelligence

I have used Image search, a process where the artificial intelligence (AI) will look through a database of images and attempt to find ones that match the seed image. This can be done by using various algorithms, including pattern recognition and machine learning.

The results of the automatic recognition are not conclusive. If a match is found, it will be shown below:

What specific information can we obtain from this test?

The algorithm found an exact match. This result is associated with prints, either regular or limited edition prints. In this case, it is important to determine the type of print, edition, and identification. In most cases, the results can be correlated with a limited edition print, a print that was hand signed by the original artist of the painting. However, regular prints (a poster) can also be a perfect fit with the results. To figure out what this piece of art is, I need to keep going through the research and inspection process.

All the information of this print can be found here:

Salem, Mass shipping in the 1770s

TITLE: Vuë de Salem. Salem – eine stadt in Engelländischen America, in der Grafschafft Essex, … Salem – une ville de l’Amerique Angloise dans le Comte d’Essex, … / gravé par Balth. Frederic Leizelt.

CALL NUMBER: PGA – Leizelt–Vuë de Salem (B size) [P&P] PGA – Leizelt–Vuë de Salem

REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-41172 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-USZC4-4292 (color film copy transparency of another copy) LC-USZ62-126940 (b&w film copy neg. of another copy)

SUMMARY: Print shows people working along shore and wharf on the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts.

MEDIUM: 1 print : etching, hand-colored.



Title from item (as characteristic of optical prints, series title is printed in reverse).

Collection des prospects.

Se vend á Augsbourg au Negoce com̄un de l’Academie Imperiale d’Empire des Arts libereaux avec Privilege de Sa Majesté Imperiale et avec Defense ni d’en faire ni de vendre les Copies.

Another impression cropped within plate mark, lacking series title, but including text below print. DLC

Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and prints; a checklist of 1765-1790 graphics in the Library of Congress / Compiled by Donald H. Cresswell, with a foreword by Sinclair H. Hitchings. Washington.


Marines (Visual works) 1770-1780. Vues d’optique 1770-1780. Etchings Hand-colored 1770-1780.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

It is important at this step, to correctly identify the print version. This scene has been printed during several decades, some of them are considered vlauable but dother are decorative piece. There is a sticker on the back and the publishers information on one side:

The publishers information can be used to track this print. It was made by BALTHASAR FRIEDRICH LEIZELT (ACTIVE 1750-1800). His biography can be found here:

Balthasar Friedrich Leizelt (also spelled Leizel, active 1750–1800) was a German artist and copperplate engraver working from Augsburg.

Leizelt produced a series of European and American scenic views at a time when pictures of foreign countries and people were popular and designed for use in optical viewers. As is normal for these prints the series title is a mirror image because optical viewers made use of mirrors which reversed the image. The Age of Enlightenment sparked a great interest in science, so that optical toys and devices became a standard form of drawing-room entertainment in the 1700s and 1800s. Light, perspective, and multiple images were cleverly combined to create the illusion of moving pictures.

It is really difficult to know the exact age of this print, but I would guess 1780s.

What is the age of this artwork?

When trying to determine the age of an artwork, one of the first things to look at is the frame. The style of the frame, as well as the type of artwork and color palette, can give clues as to when it was created. For example, a piece from the Baroque period might have a gilded frame with a complicated design, while a piece from the Renaissance might have a simple wood frame. One way to date a painting is by looking at the frame construction. A frame made with modern metallic parts like flat-head nails, staples, or Phillips-head screws is likely from the 20th century. Older frames will have parts made of irregularly cut wood and metal that has been forged by hand. In some cases, you can see the absence of metallic parts. This is just one example of how the frame is put together and can be used to date a painting.

I concluded the print is from circa 1780s.

Who has made this artwork?

This section studies the artist’s signature of the artwork. Since this is a print and I have already identify it, I think we can skip to the next section.

Medium, frame construction, style, and frame

I can check if the style and type of painting match the artist referenced. An artist may change their painting style, scenes, and compositions with time, so I checked similar paintings during the whole lifetime of the artist. In this test, I would expect to find similar known paintings made by this artist. 

Another important point is to date the painting and check if the frame construction technique, medium used, and colors match the lifetime period of the artist. Older paintings will often use more muted colors, while newer ones will have brighter, more vibrant colors. This is due to the fact that older paintings were created with natural pigments that have since faded, while modern paintings use synthetic pigments that are more resistant to fading.

For this print, it is difficult to tell from the pictures if it is a reprint or the original print from the 1700s. I think the print is original because the paper’s color and texture is perfectly compatible with an original 18th-century paper. An important aspect of this print is BALTHASAR FRIEDRICH LEIZELT (ACTIVE 1750-1800) is a well known artist but not so famous as to be of interest in reproducing his prints. I couldn’t find in the market a replica of this print or of any of his prints.


The painting is of good quality and the composition is pleasing. The colors are unique and warm, which I believe would be appealing to decorators and collectors. High-caliber paintings such as this one are not common, so I think it could be quite valuable.

I would encourage anyone interested in purchasing this artwork to do so quickly, as it is likely to become more valuable over time. paintings of this quality are becoming increasingly rare, so it is a good investment.

: Final Appraisal Value ($)


Appraisal Report made by:

Andrés Gómez
BSc, MSc, Expert Art Appraiser
10+ years of experience in Online Art Appraisals
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How to sell it

Antiques, art, and other collectibles are difficult items to sell online. This can take a lot of time. Be patient, but also make sure that the price you are asking for is the right one for your pieces of art. Consider the following tips on how to sell antiques and collectibles online: These tips will help maximize the price of your antique or collectible.

I would recommend selling it online. There are many ways to do this. For instance, Post an ad on Craigslist. Use eBay to sell antiques online. Post a listing on the Etsy marketplace. Sell with direct messages using Instagram. You can create a website using Squarespace or WordPress. Use Shopify to sell via a website, POS and social channels. List your items on, Facebook Marketplaces, or Amazon Marketplaces. If you don’t have time, I would recommend starting with Facebook, Etsy, and Amazon.

The key to selling antiques online is to let potential customers know that you know what you are talking about. It’s much more difficult to sell something when the potential buyer can’t be sure it’s authentic. Sellers should use a well-thought out descriptive guide like this one. A good lead generation service should be helpful in establishing these relationships with online buyers, and an effective way to do this is through classified ads. If a buyer asks for more information, giving them some valuable facts well ahead of time will get you more sales because your reputation will increase and real customers are the ones who ask for more details.

In order to sell your antiques online, you will need to create a profile on the relevant forum (Etsy, Amazon, and FB). Make sure you add a high-resolution image of the product (include at least 3 detailed photos) and add some text. The text should be informative and straight to the point; nothing fancy or fluffy.

Asking price is a big factor in selling your antique. If your asking price is too high (fancy company stickers, missing parts, or chipped paint), you are unlikely to get many bids. If the asking price is too low, it will cost you money for repairs, shipping, and insurance. As a general rule, I would recommend setting an asking price that is 80% of the value of this report, so you will make the listing attractive from the beginning.

About the valuation method

I have considered the results from past auction sales to value this item. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from the asking price 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 generate 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 as a print, a limited edition print, or an original art piece. If the artist can’t be found, the painting’s value is based on its quality and how interested the market might be in it.

To value this item, I have considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from the asking price 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 generate 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.

Trying to determine the likely interests and tastes of a broad market can be tricky. You might not think collectors would be interested in works by a lesser-known artist, but they might be more interested than you think. You can’t know for sure without doing some market research. The same is true for artists whose work is in major museums or galleries but does not command high prices at auction or from dealers. Do not confuse the print with the original limited edition. Be aware that the value of a piece of art is linked to the artist’s name and reputation. The work’s quality and how interesting it might be are also important parts of its evaluation.

Quality art can be a good investment, but a large print or lithograph might not be as valuable. There are many different kinds of prints. Original works of art are worth the most, followed by limited edition prints, which can only be made in a certain number.

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