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AUTHENTICATION AND APPRAISAL
OF ARTWORKS


Prepared for
Ourbest Clientelius Max
San Diego, California

By
(Mr) Gayle B. Tate
G.B. Tate & Sons Fine Art
Laramie, Wyoming



This document is for the evaluation
of the subject work of art for
marketing purposes

 
SUBJECT PAINTING

ARTIST: Birger Sandzen (American, 1871 - 1954)

TITLE: "Night Poplars in Moonlight"

DESCRIPTION: Oil on canvas, Circa 1920, 24 X 32 Inches, Signed lower right corner. 
Titled, signed and noted "Lindsborg, Kans" on the stretcher

CONDITION: In excellent condition

FRAMING:Framed in original frame

 
 
Subject Painting
 
 
 
 

 
APPRAISAL NOTES

1. This appraisal is submitted, using images and information supplied by Ourbest Clientius Max, without direct inspection of the subject painting.

2. The work of Birger Sandzen appears regularly in the art marketplace through galleries and auction houses. This evaluation of the subject painting is made primarily from its relationship to similar works sold at auction. The findings for auction results for the artist are listed in Appendix “A” of this report.

3.  The prices shown in Appendix “A” include the buyer's premium charged by the vendor. Typically, auction houses charge 10 - 20% commission, plus add-on fees for photography, insurance, storage, transportation and other services normal to their business.

4.  The specific comparable images of paintings by Sandzen, chosen from the hundreds we researched, are included in this report for the reasons of, first, similarities;  second, paintings specifically contrasted with the subject painting to show the different color and style relationships typical of the artist; and third, to show how value is affected by size.

5.  There was a significant break in Sandzen's career, when his use of color and style made significant shifts.  These shifts also make significant effects on the artist's prices in the marketplace.  This time period was in the late 1920's and early 1930's, when the artist moved to using less color in his work and more carefully applied strokes.  The era, especially of the early '20's, is the most desirable for his work, and later works bringing lower prices.

6.  The most popular subject matter for the artist are the brilliant and colorful setting sun paintings from Kansas and Colorado.  Color is the prime determiner of the value for Sandzen's work, with the earlier works from the 1920's being the most colorful of all of works done during the artist's career.  The subject painting, while having strong colors in the blues and greens, has very little dramatic contrast (being a night scene), and the more subtle color of the subject painting is against it for its value.

7.  Size is also a factor in the artist's work.  Of course with all other aspects being equal, the larger sizes bring higher prices in the marketplace.  The large size of the subject painting is a plus factor for its value.

8.  The composition of the subject painting is unusual for the artist.  There is virtually no identifying landscape composition to offer clues to the painting's place of execution.  The background suggests a mountainous terrain, typical of the Colorado and Utah scenes, but the execution leaves plenty of room for conjecture. Also, the manner in which the composition was cut off, with no real landscape showing, is unusual.

9.  The drama for the subject painting is created mostly in the fact that this is a night scene.  The lighting is subtle, but expected with the chosen time for the work.  The overall effect is striking and this work must be considered a major effort by the artist.

10.  Provenance of the subject painting places it back to the home town of the artist, Lindsborg, Kansas.  The history places the painting from a gallery in McPherson, Kansas in 1922 or '23.  Support for its date has been provided by family members of the owners, who have recalled the painting as far back as the 1930's.

11.  The condition of the painting is excellent, indicating good care and conservation.

 

 


 
 
 
 
CONCLUSION
 
 
The subject painting is a major work by Birger Sandzen, both in size and scope of the composition.  The lack of dramatic color contrasts as well as the unusual nature of the painting's composition are mitigating factors to its value.  The provenance of the painting is compelling and there is no reason to doubt its authenticity.  The painting is in good condition and well cared for, adding to its desirability.

 



EVALUATION OF THE SUBJECT ARTWORK:

Birger Sandzen:
"Night Poplars in Moonlight"         $40,000 - 60,000 USD

 

 



 

CERTIFICATION

This appraisal for Ourbest Clientelius Max is executed without direct inspection of the subject work of art. The results are based on information submitted to us by Mr. Max. I certify that the information contained in this appraisal has been thoroughly researched and is a true, accurate and complete record of my findings. A copy of this report is retained at the offices of G.B. Tate & Sons.

Certified on this day...
July 28, 2004


Gayle B. Tate (Seal)
_____________________
(Mr) Gayle B. Tate
G.B. Tate & Sons Fine Art

414 South 19th Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070

(307) 399-3316

On the internet at: www.gbtate.com
Email: gbt@gbtate.com

 
 
 
 

 
Appendix "A"
Research Findings - Auction Results for Comparable Artworks
 
Notes: Arranged chronologically by date of sale, most recent first.

The titles of each individual work, as listed below
correspond with the titles of the images that accompany this list.
 

  

  

             

  

Birger Sandzen (American, 1871 - 1954)

Comparable Paintings to the Subject Artwork


Early Fall, Oil on canvas, 22" x 28", 1942, Signed Lower Right

Auction House: John Moran Auctioneers 06/20/2006 Lot: 62

Low Est.: $60,000

High Est.: $80,000

Sales Price $46,000



Smoky Hill River, Oil/Board, 1948, 16" x 20", Signed Lower Right

Auction House: Christie's Los Angeles 06/14/2006 Lot: 76

Low Est.: $20,000

High Est.: $30,000

Sales Price: $33,600



Typical Smokey River Scene, Oil/Board, 20" x 16", Signed

Auction House: Auction in Santa Fe, 08/11/2005 Lot: 401

Low Est.: $25,000

High Est.: $30,000

Sales Price: -not sold-



Early Moonrise, Logan, 1937, Oil/Board, Utah, 20" x 24", Signed

Auction House: Ivey-Selkirk, 12/04/2004 Lot: 114

Low Est.: $30,000

High Est.: $50,000

Sales Price: $50,000

 

Landscape 1, Oil/Canvas, 1919, 24" x 34", Signed

Auction House: Sotheby's New York, 12/03/2003 Lot: 154

Low Est.: $40,000

High Est.: $60,000

Sales Price: $66,000



Mountain Farm-Eldora, Colorado, Oil on canvas, 1945, 25" x 30", Signed

Created: Auction House: John Moran Auctioneers, 11/14/2000 Lot: 71

Low Est.: $30,000

High Est.: $40,000

Sales Price: $44,000



Wild Horse Creek, Graham County, Kansas, Oil/Panel, 24" x 34", Signed

Auction House: Sotheby's New York, 05/21/2003 Lot: 174

Low Est.: $50,000

High Est.: $70,000

Sales Price: $48,000



Landscape 2, Oil/Canvas, 1919, 24" x 34", Signed

Auction House: Sotheby's New York, 12/03/2003 Lot: 154

Low Est.: $40,000

High Est.: $60,000

Sales Price: $66,000



Pines and Junipers, Manitou, Colo, Oil on canvas, 1925, 24" x 20", Signed

Auction House: Santa Fe Art Auction, 11/13/2004 Lot: 172

Low Est.: $80,000

High Est.: $100,000

Sales Price: $83,375



Aspens-Manitou, Colorado, Oil on canvas, 1921, 22" x 26", Signed

Auction House: John Moran Auctioneers, 02/12/2002 Lot: 79

Low Est.: $40,000

High Est.: $60,000

Sales Price: $49,500



 
Appendix "B"
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES

Standard Biographical References and resources used in research, and quoted in this appraisal are:

Malletıs Index: Mallettıs Index of Artists, an International Bibliography, by Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, 1948

Fielding: Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers by Mantle Fielding, 1974, revised and expanded 1989

Davenport: Davenportıs Art Reference and Price Guide by R.J. Davenport, published yearly, 1987 to present.

Benezit: “Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs”, by Emmanuel-Charles Benezit (a French publication in 10 Volumes) 1976.

Thieme - Becker: “Allgemeines Lexicon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis sur Gegenwart”, Leipzig, 1934 (a German publication in 40 volumes).

12. Other occasional biographical references, which we do not commonly use, are detailed in full in the body of the appraisal.

13. Sources for determining the Price Evaluation (including Davenport, Benezit and Johnson & Greutzner, above) of the works of art are:

Franklin & James: Auction Price Guide, published Bi-Annually

Falkıs: Auction Price Guide, published Annually

Hislopıs Art Price Index: Auction Price Guide, published Annually

Meyerıs Price Guide to Antiques and Fine Art: Auction Price Guide, published Bi-Annually

Fine Art: (Susan Theran) Auction Price Guide to the Art Marketplace, published Bi-annually from 1987 to 1996

Art at Auction in America: Auction Price Guide, published Annually from circa 1990 to 1995

AskArt: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

ArtNet: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

Fine Art Investment Services: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

ADEC (Artprice): Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

Art Library Online: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

Traditional Fine Arts Online: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

iCollector: Online auction, gallery and research resource on the internet

The United States Library of Congress: in Washington, DC

American Art Review: A bi-monthly art magazine devoted to the art marketplace and museum and gallery operations

Art and Auction: A bi-monthly art magazine devoted to the art marketplace and art auction operations

Art and Antiques: A bi-monthly art magazine devoted to the art marketplace and art and antiques auction operations

Antiques: A monthly art magazine devoted to the art and antiques marketplace and gallery operations

American Artist: A monthly art magazine devoted to the art marketplace and artist promotions and marketing.

The Artist: A monthly art magazine devoted to the art marketplace and artist promotions and marketing.

The Journal of Print World: Bi-monthly news magazine on the area of fine prints and their marketplace.


Appendix "C"
ABOUT G.B. TATE & SONS FINE ART

G.B. Tate & Sons has served the art community continuously since its founding in 1967 by its still current owner and president, Mr. Gayle B. Tate. It was founded under the name Tate Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida, and subsequently served in Tampa, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina. Currently the offices of G.B. Tate & Sons is located at:

G.B. Tate & Sons
414 S. 19th ST.
Laramie, Wyoming 82070

(307) 399-3316


Mr. Tate has acted as art dealer, gallery owner and appraiser since 1967. He is the author of three privately published brochures on topics in the art field, including art investments and the dynamics of the art market.

Mr. Tate served for five years in the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer, being discharged honorably with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Tate is a founding member and past president of the Southeast Professional Art Dealers Association, being certified for appraisals under this association since 1979.

Mr. Tate is a founding member and past president of “The Seven”, Alliance of Artists, Asheville, North Carolina

Mr. Tate has worked for insurance companies througout the Southeast United States. From 1976-82, on two different occasions, Mr. Tate worked with the private sector, insurance companies and the FBI to uncover rings of fraudulent operations, working in central Florida. Through research and investigations of claims made by supposed vendors of works of art, he was able to discover their purposes to create and market fake works of art. In both occasions, the criminals involved were tried and convicted of fraud charges and subsequently sentenced to prison terms.

Mr. Tate remains active in the art business, but retired from art gallery operations and management in 1997.  He now works privately in his offices in Laramie, Wyoming.