Dear John: I have the two Icart pieces in the attached photos that my parents gave me. Do you know anyone that can possibly tell me about them and their possible worth? I would appreciate any guidance you can give me. — V.S., internet
Dear V.S.: Louis Icart, 1888-1950, was one of the most popular Parisian artists of his time. It is said that he immortalized the French woman. He produced oil paintings, book illustrations and etchings. His etchings of beautiful young women diaphanously dressed were the most popular and produced in large quantities.
The one etching you have depicting a young woman with two Irish wolf hounds is titled “The Joy of Life.” The other is titled “Swans.” Most of his etchings have his personal seal or remarque embossed in the lower left-hand corner in the margin.
In your photographs, it appears neither of your prints have the seal. This has a negative impact on collector interest. Both prints appear to be faded. Current values are down from the peak period of collecting during the late 20th century. Current potential dollar value is in the $100 range each.
Dear John: I have these two prints that were given to me in the early 1970s. They are encased in cellophane covers and the prints are in excellent condition. They bear the name of C.M. Russell with a date of 1897 and the outline of a face of a steer.
Do you have any idea as to whether or not they have a value? They say “courtesy J.N. Barfield Art Gallery.” The prints are named “The Alarm” and the “Indian Fight.” — T.A., internet
Dear T.A.: Charles Marion Russell was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1864 and died in Montana in 1926. He was self-taught and is widely recognized for his paintings and bronzes of cowboys and Indians. He was a cowboy for over a decade and lived with the Blood Indians for a half year. His original paintings and bronzes sell for large sums of money. His logo was a steer skull.
The two prints you own would likely sell in the $50 to $100 range each.
Dear John: Three months ago, I purchased a large box full of pocketknives. I was at an auction, it was late in the evening and no one was interested in them. I bid $20 and got the whole lot. Some are still in the original boxes. Overall there must be more than a couple of dozen. Now I would like to do some research on them and wonder if you are aware of any good books or clubs, etc., where I could find out what the individual values might be. I appreciate your help.
There is one large hunting knife that resembles a Bowie-type knife which I figure is worth at least the $20 I paid for the lot. — R.B., internet
Dear R.B.: Collecting pocketknives is a popular hobby. It sounds like you got more than a good deal. The Bowie knife you mentioned could be worth well over $100. I suggest you pull up the website www.allaboutpocketknives.com on collecting pocketknives. Good luck.
John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or email@example.com.