I have what is apparently a Harry McCormick painting that my parents purchased at auction a number of years ago. I believe it is in his interiors collection depicting two women in a room near a table. It is oil on canvas, approximately 40″x50″. There is a sticker on the back that says DA Auctioneers. There is also a certificate of authenticity attached to the back titling the work Luncheon at Julian with a seal from Art Source. Underneath the frame, where the canvas has been attached, the words “Luncheon at” are handwritten on the canvas. See the attached photos for reference.
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 ( [rm_focus_keyword] ). Extra information like provenance, author, style of painting, date, appraisal method (Mark to Market Valuation) and recommended venues to pursue selling.
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Description, research and provenance of [rm_focus_keyword]
Image Recognition with Artificial Intelligence
To investigate this work of art, I used image recognition with artificial intelligence to try to find the first clues. Image recognition, in the context of machine vision, is the ability of software to identify artworks, objects, places, people, shapes, or forms. Computers can use machine vision technologies based on artificial intelligence software to find images similar to the input picture. A specialized program is used to determine whether the front photograph of the artwork is available on the internet. The software takes the picture as an input, compares it with millions of other works in the database, and outputs similar images. This software will be useful later to determine the origin of the art piece. For clatification, the input image is a frontal picture, straight, leveled and filtered image of your artwork. 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 artwork frontal picture isn’t similar to any of the previous results. In this case, we can confirm that the artwork is an original scene and original artwork. By “original scene”, I refer to a painting of a scene that has never been painted before. By “original artwork,” I refer to an artwork that has been hand painted by an artist as opposed to a print, a limited edition print, a poster, or a postcard. While some results may show similarities, I concluded they are too unconcise to be considered relevant.
By curiosity, I have found a very similar interior design from the list here, that I will reproduce below:
Even thought the interior design is pretty much identical, the scene is totally different. Hence, I can conclude it is an original artwork. I am not aware why Harry McCormick made a variation of this scene, but I guess he wasn’t happy with the overal look of the scene.
In this part, I study and research the signature of the artwork. I used a larger picture of the signature and try to interpret it. In this step, I also consider any signature or information that is located on the back of the artwork. In some cases, we can see a signature on the back or even an identification sticker that can be used to identify the artist.
A picture of the signature and/or back (if relevant) is depicted below:
I am unable to read the signature, as it is partially covered by the wooden frame. However, I received a Certificate of Authenticity that is shown below:
We can read both the artist’s name and the title of the painting. I see the COA is signed and that has a seal, so I cannot find anything that points out to a reproduction painting.
At this point, I can use the signature and try to find the artist’s name in a database of known-listed artists.
I found that the artist is listed as Harry McCormick (born 1942), who is active or lives in New York, New Jersey.
About Harry McCormick
Basically I have been a painter of ‘ interiors ‘ although not exclusively as there have been other venues as well. You could call me a painter of ‘ genre ‘ as well, meaning ordinary people doing ordinary things such as recently painting a series of painting of people looking at paintings in museums and galleries. It gave me an excuse to do copies of other great paintings done be such painters as Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Sargent, and the like. Painting bars has been an ongoing theme of mine for many years. I have traveled the world looking for interesting bars and the people in them. I did a show in Chicago of the Victorian Pubs of London, in New York from the Plaza Hotel Oak Bar to McSorley’s Old Ale House, which is one of my favorites and one that I have been painting on and off since 1983. I like very elegant interiors as well as funky places. I’ve painted the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island to the Breakers and the Flagler Mansion in Palm Beach. I’ve painted the bars of South Beach, Miami. I done bars in San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London. [source]
Medium, frame construction, style and frame
Now that I have more information about the artist, I can check if the style and type of painting matches the artist referenced. An artist may change 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 matches the lifetime period of the artist. There are many variables in this step, so I will explain here an example so you can understand the purpose of this part. I check the frame construction for small details, like the type of metallic parts used, if the wood joints and cuts are irregular, or if the wood cuts were machined. That small details can help to know the age of the painting. For instance, a the frame construction that includes modern metallic pieces like flat-head nails, staples, or Phillips-head screws can be dated circa 20th Century. Older frames comprises the use of irregular wood cuts (hand made) and hand forged metallic parts. In some cases, you can see absence of metallic parts. This is only an example for the frame construction, but I consider the type of medium used and the color palette. As a reference, a picture of the back of this artwork is included below:
For this painting, I see the frame construction, metallic parts, and back of the painting perfectly match a circa mid-to late 20th century painting.
I think this artwork is valuable and can be interested to art collectors and decorators.
The artwork is of good quality, the composition is harmonious, and the creator chose a distinctive, alluring, and warm color palette. I believe that decorators and/or collectors would be interested in this work of art. Such high-caliber paintings are uncommon.
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How to sell it
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The key to selling antiques on-line 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 is authentic. Sellers should use a well thought out descriptive guides, like this report. A good lead generation service should be helpful in establishing these relationships with online buyers, and an effective way to do this is through a 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 increases 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 to sell your antique. If your asking price is too high (fancy company stickers, missing parts, or chip 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
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.
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.
Trying to determine likely interests and tastes of a broad market can be tricky. Works by a lesser-known artist may reveal greater interest to collectors than you might expect, but it is difficult to know without some market research. The same applies for artists who have works in the major museums or galleries but whose work doesn’t command large prices at auction or from dealers. Do not confuse print original limited edition. Be aware that the value of a piece of art is linked to the artist’s name and reputation. The quality of the work of art, its potential interest, are also major factors in 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. An original piece of art has the highest value, followed by limited edition prints, which have a set number of prints produced.
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