Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peter Haworth

In the early 70s, I was given a painting by Peter Haworth. No one seemed to like it except me. In fact, my wife wanted me to toss it out, but something made me keep it. Art is a very personal thing.

Recently, I decided to see what it was worth. I searched the internet, but could not find any reference to the painting. Apparently Peter Haworth lived from 1889 to 1986 and produced a lot of paintings, but only started to delve into abstracts in the late 60s or early 70s.

As the painting I have in possession is an abstract, I assume it is one of his earlier works in this genre. So, I also assumed it might be worth something.

I contacted a local art auction house here in Toronto via email, and sent them along some photos of my painting, including a close up of the signature and the back, which appears to read "Village" preceded by the number 5 with a circle around it. The painting measures about 20" x 25", and is on Masonite board. The following are the photos:

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The auction house replied back that based on my photos, they estimate that it could fetch between $800 and $1200 based on its condition - they would have to see it up close for a more accurate evaluation. They asked if I would like to have it consigned for auction, and I declined.

I was a bit disappointed.. I thought it would be worth more. In the end, I figured I would hold onto it a bit longer, perhaps pass it down to my kids - who knows: with age it might accrue in value.


Blogger Christine said...

I would really like that painting. I think it is really neat and I have started collecting art. I bought two paintings by a Florida artist at an art show a few months ago and I just love the fact that I have "real" art on my wall. I also bought two pieces for my bathroom from the Las Olas Art Fair that are also signed. Very cool. You will have to see them when you come down.

5:50 PM, May 09, 2011  

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