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I have inherited two Currier & Ives lithos I am told to be authenic.  Winter Morning, entered...1863, on the right "printed by c.h. durrie"
The other, American Farm Scenes, FF Palmer, Del.  Lith & pub by N Currier, 125 Nassau st, New York.
If they were true lithos, what could I expect the value to be?

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Dear Wilson,

Size is everything when determining originality of a C & I print. It can be the same size as the original release and still be a copy; but it can never be original if not the same size. Therefore you can do a quick check on yours to see if it meets the size requirements. Measure the image area only; excluding the title area. The original lithograph for Winter Morning should be very close to 14.14 x 20.10 inches. American Farm Scenes should be close to 16.15 x 24.1 inches.

The most recent auction prices for the original release lithographs are below. Since I do not know which American Farm Scenes you have, (there are four representing the seasons), I used the latest pricing of any of the four that I could find. American Farm Scenes No. 4, winter, is by far the most desirable of the four and extremely scarce. I was not able to locate one in the online retail environment.

Winter Morning: $1300 at February 2008 auction; $2700 at April 2001 auction; $2000 at February 2000 auction. I also found a current example in very good condition at retail for $9500.

American Farm Scene: $7100 for a No. 4 (winter) at a February 2008 auction and $900 for a No. 1 (spring) at a June 2006 auction. I was able to find a few 1, 2, and 3ís (spring, summer, and fall) in fair to good condition between $2500 and $4500.

Differences in price realized at an auction can be due to poor attendance, no buyers wanting C & I prints and/or availability of that particular print on the market at that time. Condition of the print is the most important factor. A print that still has good color with minimal fading or yellowing and no tears or water damage is going to fetch a substantially higher price than one in poor condition.

I hope this information is helpful. You can email me directly at dheadley@fineartgalleria.com if you need help identifying your American Farm Scenes litho.

Best regards,
Dolly

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.

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Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at www.headleyfineart.com since 1998. With over 14 years experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, and an extensive art research library; Ms. Headley has provided hundreds of people with her high quality personalized consultation services and solid guarantee of satisfaction. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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