Two Jazz Fest posters are shown in black frames hanging on a wall

Noel Rockmore JazzFest posters spark new interest. What are these worth? | Pro Club Bd

As always, our collectors have provided a wide variety of objects. Each has the power to conjure up a little bit of flair from other times and places, from the jazz clubs of New Orleans and a Sunday lunch in Central America to a struggling artist’s studio and a quiet coffee break in France.

Noel Rockmore (1928-1995) was commissioned to create these posters.Courtesy of the collector

New Orleans JazzFest Posters

Q. In 1999 I found these screenprinted posters in an art gallery in New Orleans. They come from the personal collection of Noel Rockmore, the artist who created them for the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970. They are approximately 21 inches by 13 inches. I have the credentials, which are from Mr. Rockmore’s personal collection. I will never sell them but am interested in their value.

SB, Biberton

A. Noel Rockmore (1928-1995) was commissioned to create these posters.

Rockmore moved to New Orleans in 1959 after a successful early career as an artist in New York City. He settled in the French Quarter and became known for painting jazz musicians in his Preservation Hall Portraits in the early 1960s. At the time of his death, an Associated Press news article described Rockmore as a “Picasso-like figure who combined the mythological and the real,” noting that he “produced fifteen thousand oil paintings, temperas, collages, and sketches during his career.” His art is included in many museum collections including the Hirschhorn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The edges of your posters will not be visible in the framing and if cropped onto the image it would not reduce collectible value. Assuming they’re untrimmed and undamaged, you might expect them to sell for $800 to $1,200 at auction, although interest seems to be rising and they could fetch more. A dealer specializing in American posters can charge $1,500 to $2,500 if they are in excellent, untrimmed condition.

In a dining room is an oak table with claw feet

This table is American and probably dates from around 1900-1905.Courtesy of the collector

Oak dining table

Q. We have a large, beautiful oak dining table on claw feet and we are interested in knowing its age and current value. It measures 7 feet long and 4 feet wide when all four 9-inch panels are in it.

SB, Lake Oswego

A. Your table is American and probably dates from between 1900 and 1905. It was factory made and it appears that at least some parts have a ‘rolled’ grain which was used to give other, more plentiful woods the appearance of oak to rent. For more background on this interesting technique, see the article at This style of furniture was more popular 20 years ago, although today there are still collectors, especially for beautiful specimens. Expect an estimate of $400-$600 at an on-site auction, although dealers specializing in American golden oak furniture typically charge $3,500-$4,500 for similar tables in excellent condition.

A wooden sculpture rests on a marble base

This is an example of Brutalist art that was popular from the 1950s through the 1970s.Courtesy of the collector

Brutalist wooden sculpture

Q. I bought this sculpture at a garage sale for $40. The base is solid marble and the sculpture itself is wood with some natural shapes and some carving. It is 14 inches high (16 inches with the base) and 8 inches wide. I would like to know which artist made it and how much it is worth.

KE, Northeast Portland

A. Based on your photographs, your sculpture is an example of Brutalist art that was popular in the 1950s-1970s. The term Brutalism is most commonly applied to a style of architecture created by Le Corbusier in the 1950s – massive buildings made of unadorned concrete. In the field of furniture and home decor, Brutalist design is characterized by handcrafted pieces made from rough and heavily textured materials. Markings on the base of your piece tell us that it is titled “The Devil’s Grandmother Sat Here” by artist Dexter H. Brown, December 1969. We could not find any information about or other works by this artist. You could see it selling for $300-$500 at auction based on its decorative appeal. A gallery specializing in local artwork by an unlisted artist might ask for $750 to $1,000. A big thank you to Erin Marshall of ReSale Art for her help in evaluating this work.

A ceramic figurine of two dogs sitting back to back on their hips

This figure probably dates from the late 19th century.Courtesy of the collector

Ceramic double dog

Q. My mother collected glass and ceramic dogs. This one has no history and seems unusual when the two dogs are together. I would like to know its origin and value.

KH, Eugene

A. Your character is almost certainly German and probably dates from the late 19th century. The fact that it isn’t marked with a country of origin suggests it was probably made just before 1890. At auction, you might see a sale of $30 to $50 for such a figure. A dealer specializing in such things might charge $100 to $150 for such a figure.

A ceramic plate with painted floral patterns is shown

This ceramic plate is a thrift store find.Courtesy of the collector

Quimper pottery plates

Q. I found these four small plates at a thrift store. Are these valuable?

PJ, Medford.

A. Their plates are hand-decorated Quimper faience made by the Dumaine-Tanquere-Henriot factory in Brittany, France, and are likely saucers for tea or coffee cups. The company was founded in 1778, sold to a US family in 1994 and repurchased in 2011 when the name was changed to Henriot. Faience is a tin-glazed earthenware made in France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia. Tin-glazed earthenware from Italy is known as Majolica, and that made in England and the Netherlands is called Delft. Your plates probably from 1922 to the mid-20th century. At auction, you might see an estimate of $50 to $79 for the four. A dealer can charge $30 to $50 each in excellent, undamaged condition.

About today’s collectibles

The values ​​discussed for the articles featured in this column were researched by Portland reviewer Jerry l. Dobesh, ASA, an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, specializing in Antiques and Decorative Arts. His services include preparing estate tax estimates, charitable giving, insurance planning and losses, and equitable distribution requirements.

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