Little Harvest Mouse Plate LXV

John James Audubon

NotSure2015

Beautiful hand colored lithograph of three harvest mice from Audubon's The Quadrupeds of North America. Royal Octavo, First Edition.

 

Published: Philadelphia 1849-1854

Lithograph

Sheet Size: 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Framed Size: 15 x 17 1/2 inches

Condition: A 

  • Price: $1,800.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)