Trash or treasure?

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May 10th, 2016

Q: I have inherited a two-piece signed Chihuly with book and plexiglass case from a friend in California. Could you give me some guidance on its value? 

—Kathleen J.

A: What a lovely work by Dale Chihuly (born 1941). This piece is named “Amethyst Persian” and was designed in 2005.  It’s 10 by 9 ½ by 8 ½ inches. The only verification of value I could find was from a sale in Chicago in the fall of 2015 for $5,313, which includes buyer’s premium. 

Q: We received this picture as a wedding present forty years ago. I’m not sure if it’s a print or an actual watercolor signed by Andrew Wyeth. It is 22 by 30 inches in a wood frame and on the back is a tag reading: “Zoar Valley” Andrew Wyeth, born 1917 The Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  

This plaque was given to me many years ago for the work I did for E.F. Hutton. It’s a heavy 11 1/2” metal piece with a wood mounting frame on the back. 

—Sandra W.

A:  The artwork by Andrew Wyeth is a lithograph that was sold through the gift shop of Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a copy of the original watercolor by Wyeth in 1944. The value would be under $100. The plaque looks like it’s bronze and would be on the façade of a building or office door to indicate a place of destination. The value would be minimal.