Erna Scharff Value?

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Hi – I would like to know if there is a market for this artist’s works? The painting is large (39” x 30” unframed) and I am relatively certain genuine, as it is in keeping with her other works. Thank you!

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, Kdeleon1 6 months 1 Answer 186 views Starting Member 0

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  1. Welcome to the forum!

    Your painting seems to be by Erna Scharff (American, 1895-1982) as you presume.
    Erna Scharff is not in the the three auction databases I have looked into (BidtoArt, FindArtInfo and Artvalue), but Invaluable has these sales listed:
    https://www.invaluable.com/search?keyword=erna%20AND%20scharff&upcoming=false

    This comparable one sold for $ 150 in 2016:
    https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/erna-scharff-american-1895-1982-8c34278bc2

    These two small paintings sold for $ 40 last year:
    https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/pr-erna-scharff-oil-paintings-on-board-landscapes-240452498b#

    The others – set at much higher estimates – didn’t sell.
    White Knight Auctions has now lowered the estimate from 3,000 to 500 $ for this one
    https://www.liveauctioneers.com/search/?keyword=erna%20scharff&sort=-relevance&status=online

    Live Auctioneers has a couple of paintings not shown on Invaluable:
    https://www.liveauctioneers.com/search/?keyword=erna%20scharff&sort=-relevance&status=archive
    – sold for 50 and 70 $.

    This seems to be the state of the market!

    Regards,
    Vietato

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