Re: Claude E. Quivney - Miniature of Mabel Normand 1918
Posted by Michael Tormey on September 10, 2017, 2:25 pm, in reply to "Claude E. Quivney - Miniature of Mabel Normand 1918"
Hello, Stephen. |
Yes, I have extensive information on the artist and am actually working on a biographical article about his life and career.
His name was Claude E. Quivey -- note, the spelling is "Quivey", not "Quivney". He was born on April 3, 1871 in North Manchester, Indiana, and died on Feb 11, 1943 in Los Angeles. The period of his work was the early 20th century; and his style reflects a west coast vibe of that era (he mostly lived and worked in San Franciso and Los Angeles, though he also worked for a time in Denver).
I am actually familiar with the story of Mabel Norman's miniature portrait by Claude Quivey. One of Mabel's friends was Marvel Quivey, daughter of Claude and herself also a silent film actress -- thus the selection of Quivey to paint Mabel's portrait.
As for value... I personally am quite fond of Claude Quivey's work, but not everyone agrees with me. Some see it as too modern; and 20th century miniature portraits in general just don't command the kind of prices that 18th and 19th century pieces do. They can go on the low end at $200 and the high end at perhaps $2,000. Of course several factors come into play, including how well the portrait was painted, how it is framed, how well both the portrait and frame have been maintained over the years, and the subject of the portrait itself.
I would be happy to give some additional input if you would like to send me some photos, etc. You can reach me directly at email@example.com.