Consuelo Kanaga photograph
01 December 2020
Description

I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone. I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone. I was preparing to reframe a small hand-cut silhouette that I bought at a local (SF Bay area) flea market about 25 years ago. When I removed the art from the frame, my little silhouette fell to one side, revealing a small photograph, signed "Consuela Kanaga". I did a bit of research online and found that she was a significant American photographer. (She later started using Consuelo instead of Consuela.) I also learned that that the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited her work. I believe her husband donated most of her photographs and negatives to them after her death in 1978. (I was referred to you from the Brooklyn Museum website. ) While this piece is clearly not part of her more well-known work depicting African-Americans, I'm curious as to who the family could be, and if this print has any value. I've attached photos showing the photograph and where it has been residing for 30+ years. The original photograph (just under 3" x 4") is mounted on a heavyweight card-stock type of paper (7.25" x 9.25") and I have not attempted to lift it from its backing. The photo itself is in great condition, has a matte finish (a silver print?) and a slight warm sepia tone.

Provenance

See notes in first box. Found underneath a paper silhouette purchase at a Bay Area flea market many years ago

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For sale
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Answered within almost 2 years
By George O
Sep 10, 13:26 UTC
Fair Market Value
$3,500 - $7,000 USD
Suggested Asking Price $5,000 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

The presented object appears to be a silver gelatine photography with 3 x 4
inches measurements. The photo depicts a group of girls looking at the sea lilies of a water basin. Under the mounted artwork is the signature of Consuelo KANAGA (1894-1978). The signature is comparable to other authentified signatures. The motif was not offered or sold on the national or international auction market.
This piece is in good condition and no severe damage is visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 3.500 to 7.000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

An artwork of such high potential value requires further authentication research. This estimate is provided on the condition of authenticity.

With kind regards,
George

This is a conditional appraisal, which means that we have not verified the authenticity of this item. Click here to learn more about the authentication resources that Mearto offers.

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