House upon a hill

Mar 29, 2021. 09:13 UTC
House Upon A Hill
United States of America


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Ref 02012100049598 Medium: Oil on wood Signed: Yes Artist: Emily Carr Title: House Upon a Hill Creation Date: 1898 Measurements: Height: 25, Width: 20, Depth: 1 inch Broad Media: Painting Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a Canadian artist recognized for her Modernist landscapes of forests, rolling hills, and mountain ranges. She is known to have drawn inspiration from the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and was also published early chroniclers of life in British Columbia. During the course of her artistic career she was influenced by the Group of Seven, a group of preeminent Canadian landscape painters during the early twentieth century, and by the Pacific Northwest School, a group of artists based around Seattle, WA. Carr's works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among others. The subject work is an early work by the artist featuring a stone bridge within a forest setting. It is executed with deliberately thick, crude brushwork in a palette largely restricted to tones of green and brown. It has been valued in relation to past auction sale prices of early examples by the artist. FAIR MARKET VALUE A valuation is not a certificate of authenticity of an artwork Fair market value is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. This value is available only for artists included in database of auction houses. Minimum: 35000 USD Maximum: 55000 USD REFERENCES "Near Victoria, B.C" c. 1900-1910 Watercolor on paper 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches Levis Fine Art Auctions, Calgary,Alberta Presale estimate 15,000 - 25,000 CAD (11,298 - 18,831 USD) Sold for 23,000 CAD (17,324 USD) November 1, 2020 Lot 81 "Village in Brittany" 1911 Oil on canvas 15 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches Heffel Vancouver Presale estimate 40,000 - 60,000 CAD (36,803 - 55,205 USD) Sold for 47,200 CAD (43,428 USD) May 28, 2014 Lot 156 "Beach Scene, Victoria, BC" c. 1919 Oil on board 12 x 16 inches Heffel Vancouver Presale estimate 20,000 - 30,000 CAD (18,883 - 28,324 USD) Sold for 49,725 CAD (46,947 USD) November 28, 2013 Lot 143


This painting was purchased in a small shop in the USA that sells art and collectibles. This piece of art is just sitting in storage (musume) collection dust.

Answered within about 1 hour
Mar 29, 10:20 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$50,000 - $75,000 CAD

Insurance Value

$125,000 CAD
What does this mean?

Hi Kirk,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
This is a nice early example of Carr's work who, as you rightly note, was one of Canada's premier Impressionists. She painted almost exclusively in oil on canvas or paper; having a work in an uncharacteristic medium can occasionally deter buyers (people do not universally prefer an anomaly).
According to AskArt, several works that have sold really well have all exceeded their estimate, suggesting that a reasonable estimate will encourage interested bidders to come to the table. I would not be surprised if this sold for more than the estimate I've appraised this at, particularly if this is sold through a Canadian auction house that has handled her works extensively (such as Heffel, Levis and Waddington's).

Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

Emily M. Carr (Canadian, 1871-1945)
"House on a Hill", 1898
oil on wood panel
25 by 20 inches
signed and dated on the back, lower right
PROVENANCE: acquired in a small store in the USA
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Because your item has a fair market value of at least $5,000 and you indicated an interest in selling it, one of our representatives will reach out by email in the next day or two to provide some information on options for consignment and sale. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know.

Kirk tillery Apr 07, 07:53 UTC

Once Again, thank you "very much" for taking the time to evaluate this item.

Kirk tillery Jun 02, 08:02 UTC

I recently decided to sell this and a few other pieces of art if Mearto is interested in helping. If we can agree on a higher price I will sell this piece through the Mearto marketplace service, sometime in the near future. Please see the article in the link below for pricing adjustment details.

Emily Carr Article:

Delia Jun 02, 12:05 UTC

Good morning, Kirk,
The link you listed was for a 2013 article - the market for Carr has cooled a bit. My valuation was based on similarly sized works by Carr with comparable compositions. At this time, I don't see any reason to increase my valuation, particularly if you are considering selling this where too high an auction estimate can result in the work not selling and being tarnished by too high a price (in antique/fine art parlance, that's called 'burning' a work.).
I have emailed my colleagues who help with coordinating works for sale with the appropriate auction houses; they'll be in touch with you soon.

Kirk tillery Jun 03, 06:04 UTC

Thank you for emailing your colleagues on my behalf. I look forward to working with them and the auction houses, as I will keep you posted.

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