As always, our collectors provided a wide variety of items. Each has the power to summon a little flavor of other times and places, from jazz clubs in New Orleans and a Sunday dinner in Central America, to a struggling artist’s studio and a quiet coffee break. in France.
New Orleans JazzFest Posters
Q. In 1999, I found these screen-printed posters in a New Orleans art gallery. They were from the personal collection of Noel Rockmore, the artist who created them for the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970. They measure approximately 21 inches by 13 inches. I have authentication papers as from Mr. Rockmore’s personal collection. I will never sell them but I would like to know their value.
A. Noel Rockmore (1928-1995) was commissioned to create these posters.
Rockmore moved to New Orleans in 1959 after a successful start to his career as an artist in New York. He settled in the French Quarter and became known for painting jazz musicians in the early 1960s in his Preservation Hall Portraits. At the time of his death, an Associated Press news article described Rockmore as a “Picasso-like figure who combined the mythological and the real”, stating that he “had produced fifteen thousand paintings in oils, tempera, collages and sketches during his career”. His art is included in numerous museum collections, including the Hirschhorn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The margins of your posters are not visible in the frame, and if they are cut off to the image, it will diminish the value for collectors. Assuming they are uncut and without major damage, at auction you can expect each to sell for between $800 and $1,200, although interest seems to be rising and they could fetch more. A dealer specializing in American posters may charge between $1,500 and $2,500 each if they are in excellent condition and untrimmed.
Oak dining table
Q. We have a large and beautiful oak dining table on legs and would like to know its age and current value. It is 7 feet long and 4 feet wide when all four 9 inch panels are in.
SB Lake Oswego
A. Your painting is American and probably dates from around 1900-1905. It was factory made and it appears that at least some parts have a “rolled” grain which was used to make other more abundant woods look like oak. For more information on this interesting technique, see the article on bit.ly/3bsjUC6. This style of furniture was more popular 20 years ago, although there are still collectors today, especially for fine examples. At local auctions, you can expect an estimate of $400 to $600, though dealers specializing in American Golden Oak furniture typically ask $3,500 to $4,500 for similar tables in excellent condition.
Brutalist wooden sculpture
Q. I bought this sculpture at a garage sale for $40. The base is solid marble and the sculpture itself is wooden with a natural shape and carving. It measures 14 inches high (16 inches with the base) and 8 inches wide. I would like to know which artist did it and how much it is worth.
KE, northeast of Portland
A. Based on your photographs, your sculpture is an example of the brutalist art that was popular in the 1950s to 1970s. The term brutalism is most often applied to a style of architecture created by Le Corbusier in the 1950s – massive concrete buildings with no frills. In furniture and home decor, Brutalist design includes hand-worked pieces made of rough, highly textured materials. The markings on the base of your piece tell us that it is titled “The Devil’s Grandmother Sat Here” by artist Dexter H. Brown, dated December 1969. We have found no information about, or any other work by this artist. You might see a sale for $300 to $500 at auction, depending on its decorative appeal. A gallery specializing in regional artwork by an unlisted artist may charge between $750 and $1,000. Many thanks to Erin Marshall from resale art for his help in evaluating this work.
Ceramic double dog
Q. My mother collected glass and ceramic dogs. This one has no history and seems unusual with the two dogs conjoined. I would like to know its origin and its value.
A. Your miniature is almost certainly German and probably dates from the late 19th century. The fact that it is not marked with a country of origin suggests that it was probably made sometime before 1890. At auction, you might see a $30-$50 sale for such a figurine. A dealer specializing in such things might charge $100 to $150 for such a figure.
Quimper pottery plates
Q. I found these four small plates in a thrift store. Are they valuable?
A. Your plates are hand-decorated Quimper faience, made by the Dumaine-Tanquere-Henriot factory in Brittany, France, and are probably saucers for tea or coffee cups. The company was founded in 1778, sold to an American family in 1994, then bought back in 2011 when the name was changed to Henriot. Earthenware is glazed earthenware made in France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia. Glazed earthenware from Italy is known as majolica, and that made in England and the Netherlands is called delft. Your plates probably from 1922 to the middle of the 20th century. At auction, you might see an estimate of $50 to $79 for all four. A dealer may charge $30 to $50 each in mint and good condition.
About Today’s Collectibles
The values discussed for the items presented in this column were researched by the Portland appraiser Jerry L. Dobech, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a designation specializing in antiques and decorative arts. Its services include providing appraisals for inheritance tax, charitable contributions, planning and insurance loss and equitable distribution needs.
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