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Q: appraisal of painting ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: appraisal of painting
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: poetic-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 17 Jun 2002 05:26 PDT
Expires: 24 Jun 2002 05:26 PDT
Question ID: 27856
I have a rare copy (print) of the old Village of Heidleberg (in Germany ) by 
one of the old Dutch masters; Gerrit Berckheide.

It is in colour.
about 24 inches by 36 inches

Any estimate of value
Subject: Re: appraisal of painting
Answered By: till-ga on 17 Jun 2002 06:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
First of all a spelling correction. The last name is spelled
Berckheyde an all sources I could find.
Prices of paintings from old masters vary over a broad range. 
Some time ago a painting of this artist however has been sold at
rather high prices :
" and three collectors seriously interested in a masterpiece, a Gerrit
Berckheyde exterior of the Haarlem Church of Saint Bavo. In this
picture, the exacting detail, down to the cobblestones on the street
and tracery of the windows, is astonishing to this day. The price? A
hefty $5.5 million."
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A painting by 17th-century Dutch master Gerrit Berckheyde (1638-1698)
of Saint Bavon Church in Haarlem (1666) fetched 26 million FF ($ 4.1
million) at Hotel Drouot in Paris on June 16. The oil, which measures
ca. 61 by 85 cm and carried a modest estimate of 3 million FF, had
been acquired in 1830 by a French collector and had remained in the
possession of his family in a castle in Central France. It was
rediscovered a few months ago by Paris auctioneer Dominique Ribeyre
and the Old Master expert René Millet. The sale represents the highest
price so far this year at a French auction; the painting went to an
anonymous French collector."
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also cited at
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But one can´t conclude that all paintings will reach such high prices.
Of course you´ll have to show the original picture to an arts expert
who will be able to write an expert statement with a value estimation.
Maybe you´d like to contact one of those experts. Here I have a german
expert for the dutch paintings of the 17th century for you:
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You´ll find her e-mail and fax there.

I hope you´re not going to be disappointed not to get precise figures
but I´m sure that it´s not possible to give you a precise idea about
the value without being an expert and having a direct look at the
painting. Or do you disagree ?


Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 17 Jun 2002 06:55 PDT
Oh my ! I´m sorry that I posted this answer. When reading your
question again after my answer I discovered that you have a PRINT of
the painting, not the original. This was a misunderstanding and my
Please ask google answers for a refund.
Sorry again. I will certainly read the next questions very very very
careful before answering.


Request for Answer Clarification by poetic-ga on 17 Jun 2002 13:22 PDT
Answer was helpful.

further information is that the original painting is in a museum and I
have probably the only color print in the world now available.

Gerrit Berckeyde was indeed a master landscape Painter.
To see his paintings of buildings- you would think you were seeing
photos, yet he was painting in the 1600's.   A good example can be
seen at http;//

Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 17 Jun 2002 23:45 PDT
hi poetic-ga,

You are right: the paintings of this artist have an astonishing
Nevertheless it will not be possible to give you value estimations of
your print with information available for free on the web or in my
other info sources (several encyclopediae).
I found the original of your painting (unless he did more of
Heidelberg) in the museum at the "Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt
Heidelberg ":

Ordinary  (not rare) prints that are available at prices around 40 to
75 $:
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But that will not apply to your extremely rare print.

I´m sorry - prices for rare prints of Berckheyde - I could not find a
single source with that information.
One advice in case you intend to sale your print I already gave you is
to ask an expert and then get your painting to an auction.

poetic-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: appraisal of painting
From: lyxone-ga on 17 Jun 2002 07:30 PDT
The town is spelled incorrectly as well. It's spelled "Heidelberg".
Subject: Re: appraisal of painting
From: poetic-ga on 17 Jun 2002 13:42 PDT
If that does not bring up an image , go to Gerrit Berckheyde
collection and type in 'The Market Place and the Grote Kerk at Haarlem

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