antique oil painting

Antique Fine Art Dealer New York City

If you have an antique painting that has been in your family for generations, or have recently picked up an interesting piece, you might be wondering how much it’s worth. Luckily for you, we offer in-home fine art evaluation services to help you figure out whether you possess a true treasure.

Our New York City painting and fine art specialists are especially interested in oil paintings. True professional-quality oil paintings possess several layers beginning with the base, usually fabric such as canvas stretched over a frame, but sometimes a plain wooden panel. Onto this is spread a base, which prevents the actual paints from rotting the canvas over time. If you possess an oil painting that is several centuries old, chances are excellent it has been treated in this fashion, which is good news.

antique oil painting buyerNotable oil painters to watch out for include Henry Bacon, Frederick Childe Hassam, Roger Eliot Fry and Grant Wood of “American Gothic” fame. You can see a full list of great oil painting artists of the last few centuries here, which will give you a good idea of the styles of painting that are most popular with antiques dealers and the artist names that will sell well. Even if the painting isn’t from a world renowned artist, we still want to take a look and let you know what we think!

We also buy antique watercolor paintings. A popular misconception about watercolor work is that it doesn’t last as long as oil paintings. Sometimes this is true, but not because of watercolor’s inherent unsuitability, but rather due to the fact that it is often used on paper made from ordinary wood pulp. Unfortunately, this paper will turn yellow and brittle over time, but paintings made on traditional cotton rag will not. They can last up to several centuries.

antique fine art dealerIf you have an antique watercolor in your possession that you’d like to sell, show it to us and we will give you an estimate of its worth based on the quality of the painting as well as the materials it is composed of. A huge range of artists created watercolor throughout the last several centuries, so many names will fetch a good price. Some particularly illustrious artists to look for, should you be so lucky, include John James Audobon, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington and Irving Shapiro, but you can find a full list of watercolor masters here.

We have a great appreciation of all fine art. In addition to our interest in antique paintings, we will also take a look at any other antique artwork you may have in your possession. This includes antique pastel drawings, antique pen and ink work, antique sketches and mixed media paintings. If you think it might be worth something and you’d like to sell it, we would love to have a look.

What’s Next? Please allow us to assist you with any and all of your antique, fine art, collectible and jewelry needs. We look forward to meeting you!

Syl-Lee Antiques — NYC Antiques Buyer
Call us at (212) 366-9466 to schedule your in-home antique evaluation or contact us via email.