Detroit's Art Collection Appraised

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            Madame Paul Poirson
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    Madame Paul Poirson

    $1.5m-$2.5m

    John Singer Sargent
    Madame Paul Poirson
    1885, oil on canvas
     

    “Young women in white dresses are amongst the most salable of Sargent’s portraits.”

    From a report by Artvest, an art investment firm hired by Detroit to value the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Comments have been edited for punctuation and to correct typographical errors.

  2. 
            Portrait of a Lady in Black
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    Portrait of a Lady in Black

    $150k-$250k

    William Merritt Chase
    Portrait of a Lady in Black
    c. 1895, oil on canvas

    “Very rarely do the large portraits sell, especially when they are women wearing BLACK. In this case, she is at least attractive.”

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  3. 
            The Wolf River, Kansas
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    The Wolf River, Kansas

    $2m-$3m

    Albert Bierstadt
    The Wolf River, Kansas
    c. 1859, oil on canvas

    “This would be sought after in the current market, where Western paintings are strong due to the strength of the oil industry.”

  4. 
            Edsel B. Ford
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    Edsel B. Ford

    $200k-$400k

    Diego Rivera
    Edsel B. Ford
    1932, oil on canvas, mounted on masonite

    “The similar-size Barbara portrait … sold in 2011 for $242k. But due to the importance of the sitter, a wider estimate on the upside is appropriate.”

    ©2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  5. 
            Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
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    Saint Joseph and the Christ Child

    $3m-$5m

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
    1767/1769, oil on canvas

    “The subject matter, because it is religious, is less desirable.”

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  6. 
            Still Life With a Dead Swan
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    Still Life With a Dead Swan

    $300k-$500k

    Jan Baptist Weenix
    Still Life With a Dead Swan
    c. 1651, oil on canvas

    “The subject matter, dead birds, is difficult to sell. The value of such works is considerably lower than other subjects (genre pictures, portraits, etc.). Although BEAUTIFULLY painted, this is quite out of fashion today.”

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  7. 
            The Nightmare
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    The Nightmare

    $3m-$4m

    Henry Fuseli
    The Nightmare
    1781, oil on canvas

    “For this artist, the stranger the subject, the more interesting and valuable the work. The DIA picture fits this bill nicely. A beautiful woman sprawled on a bed, goblins, blind horse. A work filled with symbolism and mystery.”

  8. 
            A Man
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    A Man

    $4m-$7m

    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
    A Man
    1623/1630, oil on canvas

    “Strange example of his work. … In addition, the sitter is an older gentleman with perhaps a wandering eye.”

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  9. 
            The Piazza San Marco
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    The Piazza San Marco

    $3m-$5m

    Canaletto
    The Piazza San Marco
    c. 1739, oil on canvas

    “A classic, desirable view of Venice by the best-known Venetian vedutista of the 18th century. … If this had been a water view, with boats, it would have a higher evaluation.”

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            View of Rutland, Vermont
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    View of Rutland, Vermont

    $100k-$150k

    Asher Brown Durand
    View of Rutland, Vermont
    1840, oil on canvas

    “Like Summer Afternoon, which sold for $68k in 2008 at Sotheby’s, but without huge cows—which is a detriment in the market.”

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  11. 
            Girl With a Mandolin
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    Girl With a Mandolin

    $6m-$8m

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    Girl With a Mandolin
    c. 1755/1760, oil on canvas

    “Paintings of bare-breasted beautiful women always have a strong market presence.”

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