Dear Old Man:
Our family is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Mom and dad moved here several years ago. I have inherited a Louis Spiegel oil on masonite clown painting. On the back of the painting a letter from Spiegel is attached. Painting is good sized 19 x 16. My parents always thought the painting was valuable. Do you know anything about Spiegel and the value of his paintings?
Well, I know a little. Louis was born in England in 1901. His parents moved to America in 1904 and Louis grew up in Cincinnati. He was educated at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Art. He is known for his clown paintings and landscapes.
Most of his original art sells — depending on the subject, condition and size — in the range of $250 to $500.
Clowns are the most sought. His statement about his clowns is “ I don’t just paint the clown, I paint the soul.”
I think he is better known and appreciated in the Cincinnati area. He passed away in Cincinnati in 1979. Your painting with the letter on the back: $250-$375.
Ed Tuten is the executive secretary of the New England Appraisers Association. He can be reached at 901-216-7070 or 901-758-2659. His address is 6973 Crestridge Rd. Memphis TN 38119.