Have your paintings appraised online by a specialist.

Receive a valuation in 24 to 48 hours.

Communicate directly with an experienced paintings specialist.

100% private and secure.

Opportunities to consign and sell your items.

How much is my painting worth?

Have you recently inherited or purchased a painting and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of paintings. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your painting. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours. Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your painting? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered. 

Click the "Get Started" button below to set up a free account.

Answer a few simple questions and upload images of your item.

Receive a specialist's valuation by email in 24 to 48 hours.

Get help with the next steps, including consignment and sale.

Mearto evaluates hundreds of similar items each month.

paintings 7 Apr, 2021
Pierre-auguste renoir, flower & vase
Medium: Oil On Canvas Signed: Yes Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir Title: Flower & Vase Creation Date: Circa 20th Century Measurements: Height: 35, Width: 30, Depth: 1 inch Broad Media: Painting Labels on back: none DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK Oil painting depicting a vase full of red and white flowers. the vase is white with flowers painted on it and its sits on a white tablecloth with mottled background. This appears to be a hand painted copy of a Renoir original. There are no listings for Renoir still-lifes that approach the size of this canvas (35"x30"). The photo of the back shows a stretcher that was assembled using an underpinning method that was not available to artists or frame makers of the time. In addition, artists typically stretched their canvases using tacks, not staples. There is next to no wear or signs of aging on the back of the canvas. (Renoir passed just over 100 years ago). **This appraiser's references show listings for Renoir's original still life paintings that sold at auction as well as the Renoir copies that can be purchased for a tiny fraction of the originals. This accounts for the vast difference in the values quoted below.Should you wish to question this evaluation it is advised that they have the painting authenticated by a professional familiar with Renoir's work. Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born 1841 in Limoges and brought up in Paris, From the age of thirteen he worked as an apprentice painter, painting flowers on porcelain plates.In 1862 Renoir entered the Atelier Gleyre and there made friends with Monet, Sisley and Bazille; some time later he met Pissarro and Cézanne. In 1886, the art dealer Durand-Ruel exhibited 32 of Renoir's paintings in New York, thus opening the American market for Impressionism. In December 1888, Renoir suffered the first attacks of arthritis, which would cripple his hands; in 1898 after a serious attack of the disease his right arm was paralyzed. From now on he painted, overcoming strong pains, strapping a brush to his wrist. Renoir died in Cagnes, France on December 3, 1919. 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 MutualArt.com database of auction houses. Minimum: 300 USD Maximum: 1000000 USD REFERENCES Sotheby's, NY,NY,November 10-19, 2020, Lot#9 "Roses", oil/canvas, 7.88" x 11.88" Est:$100,000-$150,000, Hammer price:$403,200 Christie's, NY,NY,October 6, 2020, Lot#52 "Vase de Anemones", oil/canvas, 16.63" x 13" Est:$800,000-$1,200,000, Hammer price:$2,790,000 Christie's, Ny,nY,November 12, 2019, Lot#462 "Marguerites", oil/canvas, 9" x 9.13" Est:$100,000-$150,000, Hammer price:$300,000 Sotheby's, London, UK, June 20, 2019, Lot#359 "Gerbe D'Anemones", oil/canvas, 12.64" x 16.14" Est:$444,755-$571,830, Hammer price: Not sold bestpaintingsforsale.com "Beautiful, original hand-painted artwork....based on master works of Pierre Auguste Renoir" Floral still lifes avilable in a variety of sizes: 35"x30" offered for $165.30 "Bouquet", 25"x43" offered for $182.69
Estimate: $100 - $200

Why are paintings so important in history?

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Art from the past holds clues to life in the past. By looking at a work of art's symbolism, colors, and materials, we can learn about the culture that produced it." Throughout history, from the cave paintings at Lascaux to contemporary works, painting has been an important part of the human experience. It's impossible to know exactly how many paintings exist, but using the broadest definition possible, we can easily assume that there are billions in existence. 

Painting is a broad term, which generally refers to a practice of applying paint, pigment or another medium to a solid support surface or base. The chosen material is usually applied to the surface using a brush, but knives and sponges are also common. Painting is an essential component of the history of art and usually depicts figural subject matter, landscapes or completely abstract compositions.

Why are paintings so expensive?

Because paintings are so important to our collective history, they are usually highly desirable amongst collectors, who perhaps see the art form as the pinnacle of the fine art category. Simply put, demand drives price. However, there is also quite a large supply of paintings, thanks, in part to the relatively low cost of production and the fact that painting has been part of the common education for the middle class and nobility since the 18th century. Therefore, it is possible to acquire inexpensive - but still quite significant and beautiful - paintings. It is our most popular category for online appraisals and our experts are well-versed in the factors that impact and determine a painting's value. 

How is the value of a painting determined?

When it comes to value, paintings rule the art market. Paintings, more than any other medium, including drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, etc., make up the lion's share of revenue at most major auction houses each year. In 2018, world records were shattered when a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work of art ever sold, with a final hammer price of $450 million. Though it's becoming more and more common for paintings to fetch nine-figure sums at auction, the vast majority (92 percent in 2018) of paintings sold are valued under $50,000. 

Determining the value of a painting can be a complex process. Factors to consider include: the artist, style, date of creation, provenance and condition. In some cases, even the medium can have a direct bearing on the value. For example, paintings executed on canvas tend to be more valuable than those painted on board, panel or paper. Size can also be a factor. Generally, the larger the painting is, the higher the value tends to be and vice versa. 

To have the most accurate and up-to-date value of your painting, it is necessary to have it appraised. At Mearto, we specialize in low-cost, quick turnaround online appraisals. Simply fill out our easy-to-use online form and send us several detailed photographs of the painting. We like to see the front, back and close-up shots of any relevant details, including the signature. Be sure to give a detailed description of the painting, including its medium, style and condition. It is also helpful to provide thorough information regarding the painting's provenance, also known for its ownership and exhibition history. 

How can I tell if my painting is valuable?

The most valuable paintings are by recognized and sought-after artists, but this does tend to change with the tastes and trends of the day. One thing that remains constant is the demand for authenticity and pristine provenance. Is your painting signed? That's a good indication of potential value, but it doesn't always mean that the painting is authentic. Many artists did not sign all of their paintings and a signature is relatively easy to forge. The best way to verify authenticity is through a combination of connoisseurship (expert opinion), provenance research and - in some cases - scientific analysis. Being able to trace the ownership of a painting all the way back to the artist - with supporting documentation - is also necessary if you want to get the highest price for your painting. 


Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.

Not just paintings...

Mearto evaluates many different items.