ANTIQUES

Paint-by-numbers palomino painted by 8-year-old


Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

Q: The picture is a paint-by-numbers. It was painted approximately 80 years ago by me, and I am now 89 years old. I painted by numbers at an early age, and graduated to watercolor and other paints. I still paint.

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This paint-by-numbers horse was done by an 8-year-old, 80 years ago. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

I am curious if the picture has more than family value. I think it is very good for being painted by me at 8 years old.

The crystal glasses are approximately 100 years old. They were my mother's who passed away at age 88, 35 years ago. I have had them since then. I want to pass them along to my grandchildren. There are a total of 18. I hope you give me their value.

— B.D., McAlpin

A: I am glad you included a good photograph of your paint-by-numbers palomino with a white mane — not bad for a young girl — except for the donkey-sized ears. Max Klein created Paint by Numbers in 1950. He was the owner of Palmer Paint Company in Detroit. Paint by Numbers was a huge success. It gave those who had absolutely no artistic ability a chance to produce paintings. Huge quantities of them were produced, and many still exist due to sentiment and nostalgic memories. Some, depending on subject matter, sell in the $100-plus range, most sell in the $5 to $25 range. The one you have would sell in the lower range.

The crystal stemware was likely made in America between World Wars I and II. There is no specific collector interest. Dollar value is relative to the pattern interest in the crystal tableware replacement marketplace. I think Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, N.C., could identify the maker and pattern. Call 800-REPLACE. Good luck.

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Q: For 25 years I have looked for information on a frying pan with the words "8 Savory Spiders" on the handle. I would love to know its origin, and if it is a collectible, perhaps even a price value.

— O.S., Gainesville

A: Starting in the late 18th century in America, the term "spider" referred to a three-legged cast-iron frying pan with a long, narrow handle. The use of the word "spider" for a frying pan continued through the 19th century. The one you own was likely made in the late 19th century. In order to help further, I need several photographs of the complete frying pan, including the bottom.

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Q: I found this picture at a consignment shop in St. Augustine a few years back. I bought it because it has a beautiful frame, and the artist was talented. I paid only $25 for it. It is on a heavy wood-and-canvas block, but nothing is showing on the back.

— D.M., Internet

A: I was not able to find any information about the signer of your painting, "Slatt." If it is a painting, you certainly got a bargain. In the enlarged photo of the artists' signature you included, the picture looks more like a lithographic print. One way or the other, potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email absantique@aol.com.

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