I am frequently asked if I can value original prints and sketches by Marjorie C Bates. I regret that I am unable to help with this as my interest extends only to postcards bearing her works.
Detailed Information about Marjorie C Bates and her works is available from the Panvertu Gallery at http://www.panvertu.com/Bates.htm and http://www.panvertu.com/Bates_prints.htm. Unfortunately, it is evident from the Panvertu Art Gallery’s Valuations page that they, too, are unable to assist with valuations. If you need to value an original painting or print by Marjorie C Bates, I would therefore advise you to contact a local art dealer or auction house who may be able to point you in the right direction.
Marjorie C Bates was a prolific artist with 88 of her landmark sketches appearing on postcards published by the British Art Company. I understand that there may be one or two other landmark postcards which do not appear on the list, but I have not yet seen these to be able to verify this. Some of Marjorie C Bates’ sketches of Shakespearean characters have also been published on postcards. Several of Marjore C Bates works reproduced on postcards can be seen on Reminiscene‘s Marjorie C Bates Collection page.
It is invariably difficult to pin down the true value of postcards because some buyers will be willing to pay a higher price than others. The bidding frenzy often encountered on internet auction sites can also inflate prices. As a general rule, I would normally expect to pay anything up to £3 for a postcard bearing one of Marjorie Bates’ landmark sketches, and up to £5 for one bearing one of her Shakespearian characters. The condition of the postcard will, of course, have a bearing on the price to be paid.