Unicorn on wood plank made of carpenter nails

Dec 19, 2018. 22:23 UTC
Unicorn on wood plank made of carpenter nails
Frank
United States of America

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Description

This is a wood plank 2ft square by half in thick painted black. There is a unicorn made completely of carpenter nails, with an artist signature that looks like OJ Kraft, 68, but not 100% sure. It has been hanging on my grandparents wall since the 70's. no one in my family knows where its from. It was given to me when they passed in 2010. I don't know anything else about it.

Provenance

grandparents home

$250 - $500 (United States Dollar)
Answered within about 9 hours
Dec 20, 07:35 UTC
By Georg

Dear Frank,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. So that I may best assist you, can you please upload a few better images of the signature and the reverse side of the artwork.

With kind regards,
Georg

Frank miele Dec 20, 13:40 UTC

Let me know if those pictures are better.

Georg Dec 25, 13:54 UTC

Dear Frank,

Thank you for the additional information and your patience. Sadly regarding technical problems the new images were not displayed. I apologize for the delay.
The presented object is an artwork made out of nails and wood with unknown measurements. It depicts a standing unicorn and ist signed O.J. Kraft and dated (19)68. Sadly no further information of the biography is mentioned for this artist in auction records or similar databases.
This piece is in good condition and there are no serious damages visible.
An estimation would be between 75 to 200 USD.
This estimation is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.

With best regards,
Georg

Frank miele Dec 25, 14:53 UTC

The artist name is Otto F Kraft from Hopkins, Minnesota. We found another one that a family member owns that is in the shape of a kimono dragon and sighned the back of it.

Georg Dec 25, 15:10 UTC

Dear Frank,

That's interesting news. Can you upload the second artwork with the signature? Perhaps we can modify the estimate.

Kind regards,
Georg

Frank miele Dec 25, 15:59 UTC

See if that gives you some more info. We cannot find any of his art sold but found articles of the artist.

Frank miele Dec 25, 16:01 UTC

https://outlet.historicimages.com/products/adf823

This is a picture of the artist

Georg Dec 28, 17:00 UTC

Dear Frank,

Thank you for the new images and interesting facts. I researched in the databases and auction lists but Otto F Kraft is not mentioned. Nevertheless, because he is a locally known artist it is quite possible that artwork by Otto Kraft could reach prices up to 500 USD when you find a collector.

With kind regards,
Georg

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