|Description:||25'x35' painted portrait of John S. Craig, Revolutionary War soldier, with included history.|
|Condition:||Great, some frame damage|
|Origin:||Inherited it through family. He was my 6xGreat Grandfather. his and his fathers history included on painting.|
|Appraised By:||Bianca Nakovics Nakovics|
|Appraiser Comments:||Born in Cornwall, Vermont, in 1797, Sheldon Peck became an itinerant portrait painter. He was self-taught and did not sign his work, but his distinctive style of using a long brushstroke flanked by two shorter ones--resembling a rabbit's foot has become his signature. His early works, family portraits in Vermont, were brushed onto wood panels, and he used somber colors, dark backgrounds, and detailed clothing. In 1828, he moved to a farm in Jordan, Onandaga County, New York and then began to paint with brighter colors. He continued to paint half and three-quarter length portraits on wood panels and added highly detailed settings and an occasional landscape in the background. In 1837, he moved to Babcock's Grove, (Lombard by 1868), near Chicago, Illinois, and became a farmer and community leader who opened a school for his own and other children. Peck was an abolitionist and there is very good evidence that the house was a stop on the underground railroad. At the end of the farming season, he traveled and painted portraits, and used canvas instead of wood panels. He also made his own frames. He died in 1878. The painting submitted is an oil on canvas, measuring 35" x 25"W, unsigned, in good condition. The provenance you have for this piece is wonderful. I cannot for certain say that it is a painting done by Sheldon Peck, you should contact a high end auction house i.e Sotheby's for authentication.Peck's paintings have been known to sell upwards of six figures. Your provenance, the history of the sitter as stated on the scroll and condition make this a prime piece if it can be authenticate. The fact that the subject dates back to the Revolutionary War in itself is highly desirable. I will value it as if it were done by the hand of Sheldon Peck, however if upon a hands-on valuation it is determined that this is not the work of Sheldon Peck then this valuation would be null and void. What a wonderful family piece! My valuation is very conservative, depending on the location, authentication and interest at time of sale it could sell for a lot more than that, this is just a ballpark. To give you an example, if you copy/paste this link into your browser it will take you to a painting by Peck which sold in 2005 for $84,000: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/sothebys/item/67107. Thank you. (This appraisal is based on the images and information provided by the customer, the item has not been physically examined. It is going on the assumption that all submissions are accurate and true. Final valuation of an item does not constitute authentication, it is just going on the assumption of authenticity. Items cannot be authenticated through this venue)|
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