Fine Art/John Falter


My wifes great grandfather was John Falter. She has a charcoal sketch of her mother that he did in 1934. Can you estimate a value on that on advise us the best way to protect it. We are not sure if it was sprayed with a protective coating to stabize the charcoal.


Dear Glenn, Generally paintings by John Falter do not have great value on the art market, usually under $1,500. However when they are more Regionalist in style and subject they bring much stronger prices, well into five figures. Regarding your artwork there is a difference between sentimental value and market value. A charcoal sketch of the artist's granddaughter would have little appeal to collectors.
The best way to protect your drawing is to consult a paper conservator. He will advise you if it needs to be deacidified and/or thymolized. And in any event it should be mounted in a 100% (acid free)rag mat.

Fine Art

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

©2017 All rights reserved.