What’s it worth? Appraisal for Wallace Nutting print

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Sherry asks:

I have a signed Wallace Nutting -An October Array- print no# C-1129. A friend whom is 86 yrs.old gave it to me. She had bought it for her mother when she was 17 yrs.old. I would like to know how much it is worth. It is in very good condition. At some point she had it re-framed.

Thank you, Sherry


AW says: Wallace Nutting remains one of the most popular and most reproduced American print makers. Since you have a history with yours, we can determine it’s legitimacy.

The person who did the re-framing was kind enough to affix the original tag on the back of the frame.

Yours is a wonderful example of the Wallace Nutting line of hand colored prints. Of his work, generally speaking, his indoor scenes are the more rare and thus, the most valuable.

Date range: 1919-1930

Retail value: $150-$195

Wholesale value: $95-$125
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $50
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Wallace Nutting, hand colored print, An October Array.

Care and storage tips: Never spray glass cleaner directly on to any item under a glass pane. The fluid will often leak and cause moisture damage.


About Wallace Nutting, from Wikipedia:

Wallace Nutting (1861 – 1941) was a U.S. minister, photographer, artist, and antiquarian, who is most famous for his pictures. He also was an accomplished author, lecturer, furniture maker —some of whose reproductions pass as antiques— antiques expert and collector. His atmospheric photographs helped spur the Colonial Revival style.

He was born in Rockbottom, Massachusetts, on Sunday, November 17, 1861. He was descended from John Nutting, who came from England in 1639 and was killed by Indians during a raid against Groton, Massachusetts. The Indians severed John Nutting’s head and put it on a pole to discourage others from settling in the area.

Wallace Nutting studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, Hartford Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. He graduated from Harvard with the class of 1887. On June 5, 1888 he married Mariet Griswold in Buckland, Massachusetts. They had no children.

Wallace Nutting started taking pictures in 1899 while on long bicycle rides in the countryside. In 1904 he opened the Wallace Nutting Art Prints Studio on East 23rd Street in New York. After a year he moved his business to a farm in Southbury, Connecticut. He called this place “Nuttinghame”.

In 1912 he moved the photography studio to Framingham, Massachusetts, in a home he called “Nuttingholme”. Nutting authored several books about the scenic beauties of New England, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

In the peak of his business he employed about two-hundred colorists. By his own account, Wallace Nutting sold ten million pictures. Wallace Nutting’s colorists painted the photographs which he took.

These colorists would sometimes sign Wallace Nutting’s name on the photos which is why the signatures vary. An interesting fact about Nutting’s photography is that he was more prolific with pastoral scenes, consequently his interiors are more valuable.

Wallace Nutting died at his home at 24 Vernon St., Framingham, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 19, 1941, at age 79. The body was taken to Augusta, Maine for burial.


What’s it worth? Appraisal for Wedgwood Bronze Ormolu wall sconces

John asks:

Thank you for doing our appraisal on 9-20-2010. Please find 1 of 5 lighting fixtures that we need appraised. 

Bronze Wall Sconce with 4 candle lights and carved etching. Size: 45” x 9” x 15”.

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AW says: That’s a very impressive pair of Ormolu wall sconces. Like the other lighting you’ve sent me to appraise, this is a neo-classic style set. Circa early to mid 19th century, and they have marvelous Wedgwood black basalt porcelain medallions. 

Also adding a lot of value is the size. 45” tall is more than significant for wall sconces. The form and symentry achieved in this set are at a pinnacle.

I’m going to appraise based on the assumption that they are NOT signed by the metal worker, but you should inspect every inch of them closely to see if they are. If so I will re-evaluate based on what you find.

Retail Value: $4,500-$5000

Wholesale value: $3000-$3500

Keywords, Wedgwood Jasper, porcelain medallions, black basalt, ormolu, neo-classic, large, giant, 4 arm bronze sconces,