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Portrait Richard Wagner Silk Etching

Silk etching with artwork apprx 5×7 or so. 3 names signed on the bottom, clearly not autopenned. Artwork kept in the same frame I purchased it in. Has original backing. (Took pic with flash on)

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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 artwork. The selection aims to avoid currency risk variations that could affect appraisals over time. This report is not intended to encourage you to sell your art; 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. If the reports are for insurance, they should be updated every three years to take into account changes in the market and inflation.

Description, research, and provenance of

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. In the field of machine vision, image recognition means that software can recognize 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 special program is used to find out if the front photo of the piece of art is 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 image you put in is a frontal picture of your artwork that is straight, level, and filtered. 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 frontal picture is similar to any of the obtained results. The conclusion can vary from each case. Most of the time, these results are linked to a unique piece of art that is based on, inspired by, or a copy of a known and reported piece of art. When I say “original artwork,” I mean a painting that was made by hand by an artist, not a print, a limited edition print, a poster, or a postcard. Such kinds of original artwork are commonly called “After” which means it is a reproduction of another work. In some cases, a similar artwork may refer to a limited edition print, or a print that was hand signed by the original artist of the painting. To figure out what this piece of art is, I need to keep going through the research and inspection process.

In this case this artwork is a reproduction of a known portrait. The portrait depicts Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas.

Signature Investigation

In this part, I study and research the signature of the artwork. I have used a larger picture of the signature and tried to interpret it. At this step, I also look at the signature or other information on the back of the art. 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:

We can see it has three signatures:

  • The center corresponds to Richard Wagner signature. I will research later on if this piece was hand signed, as default, we should assume the signature is printed because this is a regular print.
  • Gregory Rud is the left signature and H Leisir is the right one.

At this point, I can use the signature and try to find the artist’s name in a database of known-listed artists. Basically, it is a database with information about the names, surnames, origins, and biographies of the most well-known artists. The database is really large, so if the artist is known, I can find him/her. Otherwise, the artwork was made by a local, amateur, or unknown artist. Keep in mind that if the artist isn’t listed in the database, it is unknown to art collectors (potential buyers of this artwork).

Also, it is important to note that around 98-99% of artworks are made by unknown artists. If I can’t find the name in the database, I typically search through online obituaries to try to find the person who made it.

I found that the artist who painted this is an unlisted artist.

The vast majority of the paintings done are made by unlisted artists. Unlisted artists are those who are not included in art databases. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lesser-known, it does make it more difficult to track their work and find reliable information about them. As a result, prices for their paintings can be more volatile. An unlisted artist can be a local, unknown or street artist, or a combination of both. Sometimes you can find amateur or art students inside this group. There are also artists who have shown their work in galleries but are not currently represented by one. Unlisted artists don’t always have the same opportunities for marketing and promotion as those who are better known, so they may rely more on word-of-mouth to sell their work.

Medium, frame construction, style, and frame

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. There are many variables in this step, so I will explain this with 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. Small details can help to determine the age of the painting. A frame built in the 20th century can be dated by the use of modern metal pieces like flat-head nails, staples, or Phillips-head screws. Older frames 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. I also think about the type of medium and the colors used.

I can confirm that this work was created in the mid-to-late twentieth century. The provenance is missing, but I think this piece belongs to the art student or mass-produced artwork category. Both names are unlisted and the type of painting (a very well-known portrait) is typically selected to either practice duplicating it or to ensure that the painting is sold fast. As this is an etching, the first option can be ruled out, so this is an mass produced artwork etching.

The medium used is a silk etching. For this etching all the signatures are printed (none of them is hand signed).


I think this artwork is valuable and could be of interest to art collectors and decorators.

As an art lover, I was immediately drawn to this painting. The colors are unique and appeal to the eye, and the composition is well done. The artist has clearly taken great care in choosing colors that work well together. I believe that this painting would be of interest to decorators and collectors alike. It is not often that one comes across a painting of such high quality. I would recommend this painting to anyone who appreciates art. Thank you for sharing it with me.

: 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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