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Dear Mr. Laskowski,

I need your help in establishing the value of a large, American oil,1953, painted by Kate Abelmann. She and her father painted in Pasadena, California. Some of their works were exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum up until the 1950s. The painting itself is width 36", Height 24". The very ornate frame is 451/2" wide by 331/2" high. The painting is of a harbor scene.
I can send you digital images of the painting and frame.

The artist was my great aunt and it was recently damaged (torn) in shipping from the West Coast to New Hampshire.

Thanks in advance!

Born in Maywood, IL on April 18, 1892, the daughter of artist August Abelmann. Kate was a resident of Chicago at the turn of the century. Following study at the AIC, she was an illustrator for Gage Brothers Publishers. After years of travel with her father, she settled in Pasadena in 1928. A spinster, Abelmann died in Hemet, CA on Oct. 21, 1982. Exh: LACMA, 1932.
See who handles her work in California and ask them what their replacement value would be for a painting that size and style. I CANNOT FIND ANY PRICE RECORDS ON HER.

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Joseph B. Laskowski


I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.


Experienced in American Art from the period 1850-1950. This Includes Impressionism, Regionalism, Early American Modernism, Hudson River School, WPA. I have 15 years researching, collecting, dealing, and appraising in this field. Ran a Fine Art gallery for 3 years in Phoenixville, Pa. that focused on American and European art from the 1800's to contemporary works. Rare books focused on fine art monographs and catalogue raisonne.

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