Stash it — or trash it?

Not sure whether holding on to that sentimental item will make cents or not?

Top value flamingo

Ronel writes: I inherited this sculpture from my father and I want to find out more about the artist and determine the possible value.

Kate Lagan of Stephan Welz & Co’s Paintings Department replies: The artist is Italian-based Alessandro Nicoletti and this work was produced in the ’80s. The artist says that the artwork is from an edition of 10 — the medium of which is ‘light alloy’. He advises a gallery price or value of 3 000 EUR (R40 000) for this piece. I firmly believe an artist will never undervalue his work, but, while the price may be achievable in Italy where he has a market, the same cannot necessarily be said for South Africa.

I suggest you get in touch with him directly. If you want to sell the work, the artist may know of possible international or local buyers willing to purchase it for this price. He also advises that the work has been slightly distorted, possibly the flamingo’s neck, but he is certain that this can be restored. V s.f h:s website at nicoletti AGE circa 1980s

VALUE R40 000 according to the artist

Royal wedding

Carina Matan writes: I inherited this Delft plate from my parents; my dad bought it in the Netherlands in the early 1950s. It has a lot of sentimental value, but I don’t know if it’s worth anything.

Shona Robie of Stephan Welz & Co’s Ceramic Department replies: This Dutch Delft blue and white plate was manufactured by The Royal Porceleyne Fles and commemorates the 12-and-a-half-year marriage jubilee of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard on 7 July 1949. Such commemorative plates were fashionable in the early 1900s and continue to be made today, generally in limited editions during a short production time span. This plate was produced in 1950, as indicated by the painted year mark (BU) on the reverse. Such commemorative wares have a limited market and are generally difficult sellers in this country.

AGE circa 1950

VALUE R1 000 — Rl 500 at auction

Around the world

Andrea Range writes: This map is 1.9 x 1.25m in size and was made by ‘Stanford’s Geographical Establishment, London’. It has an amazing amount of detail on it. Can you establish its value?

Peter Digby of Stephan Welz & Go’s Map Department replies: The map is, value unfortunately, of little real value when one takes into account that the Cape has been well documented on maps since the late 1700s. The map, as shown in the photos, also appears to be in rather poor condition

AGE circa 1895

VALUE no real value

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