January 1, 2020 Atis 0Comment

  • Question:

    I have a hand painting and on the back is a sticker that says “by Artist Pt. Haynes Yellowstone #13099-Grand Canyon.” Is it of value?

    Answer:

    Numerous artists are painting in the USA with the surname Haynes. Without seeing the painting in person, and without considerably more information about the picture it is impossible to give you a more accurate response.

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    Is there a way to find out who the artist is by posting a picture of the painting somewhere?

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    If you are talking about a painting which might be a copy, or a print of another work you can simply describe the picture’s content followed by the word ‘painting’ and do an image search. For example, if you were to do an image search using the term ‘yellow chair in bedroom painting’ you would easily discover the Vincent Van Gogh painting described.

    If you are hoping to put an image of any random original picture into a search engine in the hope of discovering the artist, then I have to tell you that I know of no such programme, although it would be an amazing help to art researchers if it were to exist!

  • Question:

    I have a pen and pencil drawing entitiled, ‘The Outer Shore’. I think the artist’s name is E. A. Warren. Have you heard of this artist, and is this picture worth anything?

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    Unfortunately I’m not familiar with this artist and, as Warren is a fairly common sir-name, I suspect there may any number of possible candidates. The vast majority of paintings are by unknown artists, often amateurs, whose work never becomes valuable. It is impossible to suggest a possible value without seeing the item in person, and for this reason I recommend you seek advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    I have two prints – digital artwork pieces I purchased some 17 years ago that I am now trying to identify. I have tried the internet with the works’ titles “Metamorphosis 3” and “Rusty” but to no avail. How can I identify these digital artwork pieces?

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    Because of the nature of the art form, it is extremely difficult to identify a piece of digital artwork without a signature. You could try posing your question on one of the forums dealing with digital artwork, but I’m afraid the artist may remain unknown.

  • Question:

    I live in Southern California, I found a painting under a painting but cannot see a signature. Who can I take the picture to to help see who this artist might be or if it’s even worth anything?

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    You might try approaching an auction house or art dealer in your local area. As you will appreciate, it is impossible to make a realistic appraisal of your item without seeing it in person. If you are looking to sell the picture, an auction house should be able to give you an estimate of its likely value.

  • Question:

    I have a painting by M.Martin and it’s at least 4ft by 2ft and on velvet. It’s definitely not a print. How can I find its value? I have searched Google and eBay and can’t find it.

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    Martin is an extremely common name for an artist so I think it’s probably futile to go down the normal research routes without more information. I have to say that I have never come across a painting on velvet that was a high ticket prie item, but there are exceptions to every rule, and this may be one of them. Perhaps you could try seeking further advice from an art dealer or auction house in your local area?

  • Question:

    I have a canvas painting signed by one J. Ursula. I cannot find out who the artist is. Searches come up with Ursula J Brenner. I bought it at a yard sale. A steal for 25 dollars no matter the artist. Beautiful landscape. Can you help me identify the artist?

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    There is a listed German artist painting in the Expressionist style whose work is signed ‘Ursula’. If you search on the Blouin Art Sales Index site you can get as far as viewing examples of the artist’s work without having to pay for using it. I’m afraid this is the most help I can offer, as you’ll appreciate that it is impossible to give information about a painting without actually seeing it in person. There is always the possibility that your painting is not by a known artist at all, as there are so many gifted amateurs out there. A local auction house or art dealer might be able to provide extra information, but if you like the painting and feel you paid a fair price for it you may just prefer to hang it on your wall and enjoy it.

  • Question:

    What do you do if a painting has no signature?

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    There is no easy way to attribute a painting that has no signature. Sometimes an apparently unsigned work of art might be signed on the reverse, or there might be a hint on a framer’s label, but neither of these events are typical. The fact is that there are hundreds of thousands of unsigned artworks on the second-hand market, and the vast majority are destined to remain anonymous. Only works believed to be by exceptionally famous artists are sufficiently important for art investigators to go to the trouble and expense of running chemical analysis of the paint composition, and taking x-rays etc. The truth is that most pre-owned art is not by well-known or collectable artists, and is only worth what another person is prepared to pay you for it. If you have an unsigned painting that you love, hang it on the wall and enjoy it for what it is. If, however, you want to find out more about its value, take advice from an art auctioneer or dealer in your own area.

  • Question:

    I have a painting and was told it was painted by Grandma Moses. How can I get it authenticated?

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    If you have a genuine painting by Grandma Moses you need to have it authenticated by an expert on her work. High profile artists such as Grandma Moses inevitably attract a lot of fakers and copyists so it will help immensly if you have any paperwork or other evidence to support your claim. Contact a high end auction house in your local area by email in the first instance, and ask to see someone who can help you get the work authenticated.

  • Question:

    My parents bought a painting in Tijuana in the early sixties. It is of a female bullfighter but I don’t see a name. Can you help me?

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    It is impossible to give an imformed opinion on any painting without seeing it in person. Unsigned paintings are notoriously tricky to advise on, even if you are able to see the painting. You could try researching paintings of female bullfighters using Google images. You might spot something similar that might give you a clue as to the artist, but I think it’s highly likely that you may never discover who painted your artwork. If you feel it may be valuable, you could seek further advice from an art dealer or an auction house in your local area.

  • Question:

    I am a relative of the late Van Waldron from California Bay Area. I have approx 100 originals as well as art from other artists. What is the best way to get started with finding value and selling? There’s so much information out there and it is overwhelming.

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    It’s probably worth cataloging the paintings as best you can, including every piece of information you currently have. Once you have a comprehensive list, then approach a local auction house or art dealer and ask for their suggestions. Many auctioneers like dealing with single artist collections, as they can be very targetted with their marketing. The other option is for you to exhibit and market the work yourself possibly by hiring space in a gallery or studio, but you will obviously need to seek specialist advice as to value. Perhaps your late relative had an agent acting on his behalf that might assist with this?

  • Question:

    I have a nice oil painting framed by Somerset Framing. A label on the back says “som 12966. The signature appears to be “Sinolia” but it isn’t clear. It shows a pool table, an end table with a jewelry box, a big half-moon window, and two paintings of sailboats.on the wall There are lights above the pool table glowing. Almost looks ghostly. No one seems to know who the artist is. It appears to be original with a solid expensive frame. Can you help me identify this painting and its painter?

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    I have spent some time looking at the internet to see if I can find any information, but without success. I suspect that your item may either be a good quality oil print or possibly an oil painting from one of the Chinese painting factories Search on Dafen painting factories to learn more about these. The reason I suspect this is because your label sounds as though it might be showing a serial number or a stock number, and this is common on the items I have just mentioned. However it could just as easily be an inventory number, and if it is handwritten, that is more likely.

    Without seeing the picture in person, I obviously can’t confirm my suspicions. If your research continues to draw a blank it might be worth showing the picture to someone with some expertise such as an art dealer or an auctioneer.

  • Question:

    I have an oil painting of Roberto Ferruzzi’s Madonnina that has been in storage for decades. It is from the estate of my grandparents who passed long ago. How do I determine its value?

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    Roberto Ferruzzi’s ‘Madonnina’ is a very well-known painting which has been reproduced many times. I suspect that you either have a canvas reproduction or a copy of the painting by another artist. Prints tend not to have a very high value unless they are hand-signed limited edition prints. Copies by other artists can often have a reasonable value, but this will be dependant on the quality of the artwork and the overall presentation. An auction house or art dealer in your local area might be prepared to provide some guidance.

  • Question:

    I can’t read the signature on my painting. Can you help?

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    There is no easy way to identify signatures or monograms on works of art. A certain amount of these can be discovered online on artist signature sites, most of which require payment to access them. The other alternative is to borrow or buy a reference book. Please bare in mind that the vast majority of original art is by unlisted, amateur artists, and may well have no great monetary value.

  • Question:

    I have an oil painting dated 1919 with “A Dangerous Coast” as the title, it also has the initials N. O’D. I cannot find the artist or title on any website and wondered if you could help?. I have pictures if you would like to see them. I don’t think it is in very good condition and probably of little value. I’m interested in its history as it is now 100 years old.

    Answer:

    The fact that it has a title suggests that it might have the name of a framer or gallery on a label that you could perhaps investigate. If the title is printed, it might suggest that you have a canvas print, but it is impossible to say without seeing the item in person. I don’t offer a research service, but am happy to help others research their items.

    It’s possible that you may never find the artist, as not all artists are famous, and not all paintings are valuable. The vast majority of second-hand art has purely decorative value and is only worth as much as another person will pay for it. If you are convinced that you have a potentially valuable item and you wish to sell it, you could approach an art dealer or auction house in your local area, and ask their advice.

  • Question:

    How can I tell if my Ted De Grazia is a painting or a print on canvas? It’s titled “Alone,” and has brushmarks.

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    I think it’s extremely likely that your picture is, in fact, a print. If you do an internet search using ‘Ted de Grazia Alone,’ you will immediately see multiple images of this picture being sold in various places. Oil prints are very clever these days, and brush marks are imitated extremely well, so it can be hard to tell. Of course, you might have either the original or a copy by another artist, but I suspect that if your picture has a printed label with the name of the picture on it, and possibly the name of the publishing company that created it, then it’s very likely just a print.

  • Question:

    Is there an app to identify signatures and/or artwork?

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    Not that I’m aware of. It would be incredibly popular if it did exist. Given that there are quite literally millions of paintings available for sale all over the world at any time, and they are the collected work of hundreds of thousands of artists, many of whom have very limited output, or else are amateurs, or artists who are virtually unknown outside of their own town or city. I doubt there is a computer programme in the world that could factor in so much variety and also keep constantly up to date. The simple truth is that art research takes a lot of patience and there are very few shortcuts.

  • Question:

    Where do I go for authentications of artwork?

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    The vast majority of paintings on the second-hand market are of so little value that there is no need to authenticate them. Authentication only becomes an issue once an item becomes collectable. Authentication is ideally performed by a living artist or their representatives where possible. Once an artist has died, however, things beome a little more tricky. Authentication is then carried out by a variety of methods. Sometimes there are academic bodies set up for the specific purpose of identifying the work of a single individual artist. Sometimes living relatives are prepared to authenticate the work of a deceased painter. Provenance becomes hugely important when an item is potentially of great value, such as a French Impressionist painting, or an old master. If you have a picture that you believe might be the work of an extremely famous individual, then you could seek advice from one of the high end auction houses whose staff are very skilled at identifying potential fakes, and who often have contacts in the wider art world who might assist with the authentication process.

  • Question:

    I have several paintings that I believe to be of value. I have two artists’ names, Tom Lieber and George Lemmers. Can you tell me if these artists’ works are of any value?

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    Both Tom Lieber and George Lemmers are listed artists whose works often pass through auctions and galleries. To find out about the range of prices typically raised at auction, use the findartinfo.com website. The auction price listings are simple to use, and there is no charge at present.

  • Question:

    My great grandmother has a few paintings that are very old and she wants to sell them. The frames are beautiful on some of them. We have no idea how to sell or price them. Where can we get help selling our paintings?

    Answer:

    If your paintings have signatures you can research them yourself by using the free to access listings on findartinfo.com and liveauctioneers.com. This will at least give you some idea as to whether you have paintings by listed artists whose work has already passed through auction.

    Please bear in mind that only a tiny fraction of pre-owned art is worth large sums of money. That said, rare and valuable items are uncovered every day. Your collection might include some of them.

    The best way to find a likely value for your paintings is either to take them to an auction house, or else to take them to one or more art dealers. Nobody will oblige you to sell your art this way. You always have a choice. Listen to what the experts have to say, and then decide which route is best for you. Do remember to check the amount of commission you will have to pay if you do decide to take the pictures to auction.

  • Question:

    We have an oil painting that’s been in the family for at least 100 years. It’s so dark that we cannot see the artist’s signature, but I believe it’s some saint sitting in front of a cave or dark bush reading a large book, with what looks like a demon or goat over his left shoulder looking down at him and over his right shoulder there a landscape in the background. The painting is Spanish and religious in nature. Is there anyway we can find out who the artist is?

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    Your description reminds me of the famous altar painting by Michael Pacher of the Bavarian Saint Wolfgang. It’s not the same picture plan, but might possibly be of the same religious figure.

    Your options are to have the painting cleaned to reveal the signature. This is an expensive business if done by a professional, but the painting might be worth the effort. Of course, it is very difficult to judge without seeing it in person. Alternatively, you could take it to a higher end auction house with an art expert on the team. Religious paintings are unusual these days, and most I’ve seen have been quite old, and sometimes quite valuable.

  • Question:

    I have a pair of Swiss landscape paintings which were in our home in Quebec. The artist signature appears to be E.A.Y.Fox. Written on the back of one is “Wetterhorn”. The second has a merchant’s stamp on the canvas from G.Meslet Succi. 29 Place de L Hotel-de Ville, Havre. They were a gift from an aunt to my Mom. The aunt was known as a bit of a collector. I have no other ideas or information. I have attempted to search the name with no luck. Do you have any suggestions?

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    I’m afraid I have also drawn a blank. It may be that your paintings are either by a gifted amateur or a little known professional artist whose work has rarely if ever, passed through the major auctions. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the paintings have no value. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there are plenty of buyers who are happy to spend their money on good quality paintings by unknown artists. Unfortunately, we live in a world where well-known names tend to attract big money, but if your paintings are attractive, in good condition, and well-framed, there should be a market for them.

  • Question:

    I have an oil painting I suspect it is Dutch painted c1750. I can’t find the signature. It was restored and I think it may have been removed. I have been told it is valuable. How on earth can I find anything about it?

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    It is extremely difficult to attribute any painting without a signature, and it becomes increasingly difficult when the painting is several centuries old. It is unlikely that the signature was removed during cleaning, but the canvas could have been cut down and restretched to remedy damage to the picture.

    If the picture is as old as you say, and if it is in a good quality frame, and is in generally good condition, it will be worth having an auction house or art dealer take a look. If you are approaching one of the larger auction houses send your query by email and include photographs of the front and back of the picture. There will be a reason why it has survived more than two centuries, and if the reason is that it is by a master’s hand, then it is worth letting an expert look at it for you.

  • Question:

    I have a blue painting signed “Paul” but don’t know how to find any of his works! How can I get info on this artist?

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    There must be hundreds or possibly even thousands of artists with the name Paul. Your painting may be by anyone of them. If you are determined to research this yourself you could try the free to access listings sites first. The ones I find most useful are findartinfo.com, liveauctioneers.com, and eBay. You can access past auction results on all these sites, and you do not have to sign up for an expensive access package to do so.

  • Question:

    I have a painting signed with the initials D.N. A man purporting to be an expert says it’s French and worth “thousands”. Do these initials sound familiar? I don’t want to waste any more time researching. It’s been donated to raise funds for an animal charity.

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    Given that there are literally hundreds of thousands of artists worldwide it is fair to assume that a good number of them sign their pictures with the initials D.N. If you look at the monogram search feature on findartinfo.com you will find a list of eleven artists who sign in this way, but there are likely to be many more. If this painting has been donated for charity, and you have reason to suspect that it is valuable, then perhaps you might consider putting it through auction?

  • Question:

    I’m trying to find the value of several Paul Lauritz painting. How do I do this?

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    If you go on the findartinfo.com website you will be able to see auction results for Paul Lauritz. There are over 180 results listed, so you should be able to get some idea of the range of prices achieved for this artist. If you then go on to the liveauctioneers.com website (you need to sign up for this, but it is free to use once they have your email address) you can look at the results listings there. These include images which is probably what you need to get a rough idea of likely value.

  • Question:

    I have a painting by Sano di Pietro entitled: ‘ La Madonna col Figlio’ from the Gallery Belle Arti Siena. How do I get to know more about the value of my Sano di Pietro painting?

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    I suspect that what you have is actually a print of Sano di Petro’s famous painting which is on public display in Italy. Try copying the title on the label into your computer, and following it with the word ‘images’. If I am right, your picture should appear on the screen. Assuming you have a print rather than an actual original work of art, you may find that it has only very limited resale value. There are many of these reproductions in circulation, and they are inexpensive items when sold second-hand.

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    I have a picture which has written across the bottom “164/950,” and embossed with “WCS” as separate letters in squares. Then there are the initials “5AK” or “SAK.” Can you help to identify the artist?

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    It’s very difficult to give constructive advice without seeing the picture in person. I don’t undertake picture research for other people as this is a time-consuming and painstaking process. There are others, however, on the internet who will take on a project, but there is normally a fee involved. All that I can tell you from the little information that you’ve provided is that you appear to have a limited edition print. There is a Polish artist named Izabela Sak whose paintings and prints can be found on the Saatchi Gallery website, and the artist Steve A Kaufman (1960-2010) signed his work with the initials “SAK.” Examples of his work can be viewed on the results pages of liveauctioneers.com (this is free to sign up to and to access). Other than those two suggestions, I’m afraid my only advice is to trawl through one of the online dictionaries of artist’s signatures and monograms. Realistically, however, there are millions of artworks available for sale at any given time, and not all of them will be traceable via an internet search. You may have to accept that not all artwork is identifiable and that sometimes you have to live with the mystery and just enjoy the picture for what it is.

  • Question:

    How would I find the value of a 1943 etching from New York?

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    You do not say whether the artwork is signed, or whether you know who the artist is. Etchings can be very valuable if they are by the right artist, but it is not always easy to discern, and the appraisal of etchings can be a specialist’s field. I suggest you seek advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    Is there a site where I can submit a photograph of a painting to find an artist? I have an original Haitian oil painting possibly from the 1960s or 70s. Signature is very clear: Toussaint. As there are several Haitian artists with this surname, I would like to identify the full name.

    Answer:

    I don’t know of any site that would offer such a service, and even if there were one, they would be unlikely to offer it for free, as art research can be a time-consuming process requiring a great deal of patience, expertise, and sometimes luck! There are quite literally millions of pre-owned paintings for sale at any one time and only a tiny fraction of these will be by a well-known artist. Many are by amateurs, or else by professional artists who are scarcely known outside of their local area.

    A useful tool for collectors trying to track down an artist where there is more than one potential candidate is the results page on liveauctioneers.com. You can sign up to this website for free. I just looked at the listings on that site and there are currently over 500 images of works by various artists with the sir-name Toussaint. Perhaps you could try comparing your paintings to see if there is a named artist with a similar style.

  • Question:

    I have a painting of four pieces of fruit. It looks old but it’s hard to tell. It’s signed F Gabe and then the last little bit of the signature has chipped so I can’t tell what it says. I’ve researched with no help. How can I discover who the artist of my painting is?

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    Researching incomplete signatures can be tricky. If you search F. Gabe in the free listings on findartinfo.com you will find several possible candidates. You will then need to look at examples of their work on-line using image search to see if they are stylistically similar.

    Alternatively, there are numerous artist signature sites on-line, and you could simply trawl through the G section of one of them to see if you can find a similar signature.

  • Question:

    If I send you a painting with the name (that I can’t read) can you tell me about it?

    Answer:

    Sorry Alvin, I don’t offer this service, but even if I did, it’s quite possible that your picture’s artist might never be identified. Not all paintings are by listed artists. In fact most pictures are by unknown artists or by amateur artists, and their value’s are limited. It is always worth researching a promising painting however, although this can often be a time-consuming and painstaking process, even for someone with considerable experience.

  • Question:

    My mother passed and left me a C. Van Essen 24 x 36 Dutch Landscape picture. It is in a beautiful frame and has a certificate but no date on the certificate. The number on the label is 60514401H/655D. How can I identify the value of this C. Van Essen landscape?

    Answer:

    It is impossible to give an accurate estimate as to the value of an artwork without seeing it in person, so you might do well to show your item to an auction house or art dealer in your local area. My only note of caution is the fact the picture has a label and a certificate might suggest that it is a print rather than an original. Prints are worth considerably less than original artworks by the same artist. An easy way to check whether it is a print is to look at it with a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe. If you can see a pattern of regular dots instead of brushstrokes then you can be sure it is a print.

  • Question:

    I have the painting “Summertime” by Alexei Harlamoff. It is signed but I’m not sure if it’s a genuine signature or a copy. If a copy, is it likely to be worth anything?

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    The original painting, “Summertime” by the Russian artist Alexei Harlamoff was sold at Christie’s auction house for £289,250 in 2009. This is a well-known painting and there are many reproductions of it in circulation. I suspect that you either have a print or a copy by another artist. If you have a print the value will be quite limited. If you have a very good quality copy by another artist in a good quality frame, it will have a little more value, but obviously nowhere near as much as the original!

  • Question:

    How could I find out the value of the painting by Irene Lev titled “Fish Market” from The Cleveland May Show?

    Answer:

    Sorry, but I am unfamiliar with this artist, and cannot find any record of her work on the main auction listings sites. I assume she is an artist local to your area, and for this reason I suggest that you ask advice from an auction house or art dealer closer to home.

  • Question:

    How can I find out where my art picture came from?

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    Follow the hints and tips in the article. If you have a clear signature, research using the free listings on findartinfo.com. If you are unable to research the picture yourself, but are convinced it may be valuable, show it to an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    My picture has no signature but it has an item number, can I look under that to check the value?

    Answer:

    Pictures with labels on the reverse marked in this way are very often reproductions. It is impossible to say for certain without seeing your item in person, but an unsigned picture with an inventory number on a label on the reverse may well be a print. Try looking at the surface of the picture under a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe. If the surface is comprised of a series of regular dots it is very unlikely to be an original painting.

  • Question:

    I have a painting and I am trying to establish who the artist is. It is similar to a Dorothy Braund (Australian, died 2013) but there is no clear signature. Is there someone I can ask to authenticate my painting?

    Answer:

    Dorothy Braund is among those rare phenomena, an artist who becomes collectible within their own lifetime.

    The problem with prolific, well-known contemporary artists whose work is climbing in value, is that there will inevitably be many copyists, imitators, and even forgers who will have replicated her paintings. With this in mind, you need to approach one of the larger auction houses if you are hoping to sell. The big international auction houses such as Sotheby’s have a pool of experts that they can call on to give advice. Try emailing your inquiry in the first instance and include photos of your item from back and front as well as a close-up of the signature and details of its provenance.

  • Question:

    I have a cityscape painting by Stareck. How do a I know if it is worth anything?

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    The American artist Edgar A. Stareck (1917-1987) painted a variety of subjects, and some are definitely more saleable than others. Pictures by this artist often come to auction, and generally have sales estimates between US $200-600. If you intend to sell your item you need to approach an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    I purchased an artist signed print by Elmer Schooley. Are prints ever valuable?

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    Limited edition prints hand-signed by the artist certainly do have a greater value than prints produced in a so-called ‘open edition’. The American artist Elmer Schooley (1916-2007) was a talented printmaker who produced numerous lithographs, woodcuts, and etchings, some of which sell for modestly large sums. There are a couple of examples of his work together with images in the price results pages of liveauctioneers.com. This site is free to sign up to and to access once they have your email address.

  • Question:

    I have an original charcoal picture called “OUR” Secretary at Work, with initials AB in the bottom right-hand side. It is WW II inspired with a young woman gazing at a uniformed officer with the office in a state of disorder, comedic value. Do you have any idea who an artist named AB might be?

    Answer:

    Your picture sounds intriguing, and will no doubt have some value as a piece of World War II memorabilia, but I have no suggestions as to an artist I’m afraid. So many of the sketches and paintings from that period were produced by amateur artists who never figure on our modern search engines. In an era before mass communication and the internet, drawing was a popular hobby and many very accomplished artists recorded their war experiences on whatever scraps of paper they could lay their hands on. It is entirely probable that your mystery artist will remain unidentified, but if you are determined to research further, you might try sending an email query to one of the many war museums that hold and catalog art from that period.

  • Question:

    I have a painting which looks about fifty years old. Is it old or not? If the artist is alive, but I’ve got the painting in a yard sale, can I sell it, or do I need his permission?

    Answer:

    Fifty years old is not a great age for a painting. There are plenty of living artists who have been painting that long. However, once a painting has passed out of the artist’s hands either by him selling it, or gifting it, then it is no longer his property, and it may be re-sold or re-gifted just like any other item.

  • Question:

    I have an old framed print. In the lower right-hand corner, “Path to the Meadow, No. 914” is printed. There is no other info. Have you heard of it?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, I can cast no light on this for you. A quick google search on this title brought up a print of the same name produced by the artist Ken Danby in 1980. This sold on an eBay auction in 2015 for $77, and there are other listings for this print on several other sites. However, “Path to a Meadow” is the sort of subject that many landscape artists might tackle.

  • Question:

    Can you help me identify the name on a painting?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, I am not able to offer this service. There are numerous online sites, however, which allow you to browse their collection of artist’s signatures. The majority of them charge an access fee. Identifyartistssignatures.com has a limited range of signatures that you can browse for free, as does WikiCommons. Another alternative is to look at a book of artist’s signatures and monograms at a local library. There are quite a number of these available, and they can sometimes be picked up at a reasonable price on Amazon, eBay or abebooks.co.uk. If you often have paintings on your hands, you might find these books a good investment.

  • Question:

    I have a painting from an artist whose signature I can’t read. I can tell what the first name is, but I’m lost on the last name. How can I find out who this artist is?

    Answer:

    There’s no easy solution to this I’m afraid. You might try comparing the signature to those of listed artists either on one of the many artist signature sites (you will probably have to pay a subscription to use these) or else use an artist’s signature reference book. These are widely available on Amazon, eBay, etc., and can sometimes be found in public libraries. Please be aware that many amazing artists never become listed, simply because there are many talented amateurs who never produce a large enough body of work to attract mainstream attention. This is great news for those who collect art for the love of it, but not such good news for those hoping to turn a profit.

  • Question:

    I have a few art pieces, and I’d like to know who painted them. The signatures are hard to read. What do I do?

    Answer:

    There is no easy way to overcome this problem, and even experts with years of experience will often puzzle over an unclear signature or set of initials. The fact is that the vast majority of second-hand paintings are either by talented amateurs or by professional artists with very limited output who are not well-known outside of their local area. Not every decent painting will be by a famous artist, as a visit to many an amateur art show will quickly demonstrate. With this in mind, do be prepared for your paintings to remain a mystery. However, there are some excellent books available of artist’s signatures, plus a number of websites with listings that you can look at for comparison purposes.

  • Question:

    My uncle left me a painting signed by Tee Jay Johnson, how can I find out its worth?

    Answer:

    There are a few examples of this artist’s work in the past auction results pages on liveauctioneers.com. You might like to compare your painting to those shown and this should give you a rough indication of your item’s likely sale value if you decide to enter it for auction.

  • Question:

    I have two sketches/paintings measuring 8″x10″ that were purchased in a thrift shop a while back. There is a signature but I can’t find any information. Can they still hold value? If where can I have someone professional appraise them?

    Answer:

    There are hundreds of thousands of pre-owned artworks for sale world-wide and only the tiniest fraction of these will be by famous or collectable artists. The vast majority are by unknown artists who are either amateurs or have very limited output. A professional appraiser will be able to indicate a value for insurance purposes, but this service is extremely unlikely to be free of charge. If you are hoping to sell your items you could perhaps enter them for auction or offer them to an art dealer or try an online auction service such as ebay.

  • Question:

    I was given an oil painting of an Asian girl carrying a woven basket. It is unsigned, and has a beautiful frame. How much would you sell it for?

    Answer:

    It is impossible to accurately suggest a suitable price for a work of art without seeing it in person. I recommend you seek advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    How do I find out the worth of my Monet painting?

    Answer:

    If you have a genuine painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet with a verifiable provenance then you will of course have an item of some importance and not insubstantial value. I would hope that the owner of such a painting would already have it properly assessed and appropriately insured.

    If, however, you have a painting signed ‘Monet’, but without provenance then you should be able to get advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area. Even without the appropriate provenance such items can do well at auction. If you sign up to the liveauctioneers.com website you will be able to scroll through numerous examples together with prices achieved on the price results pages.

  • Question:

    I have an 18th-century portrait oil painting without a signature or initials. I’m desperately trying to find out who the artist is or at least more detail about the piece itself. Can you offer any assistance?

    Answer:

    The vast majority of unsigned paintings are destined to remain anonymous, and the older they are, the less likely the artist is to be identified. Unless the style of the painting is incredibly distinctive, or the subject matter is well-known, it is rare to find an artist without some solid provenance to go by.

  • Question:

    I have a painting set behind glass. It is a sort of diorama with figurines facing away looking at a desert and the signature says EE Johnson March 02. Have you any information or could you point me in the right direction?

    Answer:

    The liveauctioneers.com website has a painting by E E Johnson on the auction results pages. This website is free to subscribe to and to use and is a great first port of call when researching art.

    Johnson is a very common sir-name, and not all artists feature in an internet search. Many pre-owned paintings are the work of amateurs and they are unlikely to be recorded on-line.

  • Question:

    I have a picture with “Baltimore Art Group” written on the back. How can I find out more information on this artwork?

    Answer:

    It is extremely hard to research a work of art without any indication of a likely artist. You could try showing it to an art dealer or auction house in your local area, but please bear in mind that the vast majority of art on the second-hand market is either by amateur painters or by artists who have never achieved any kind of success outside their local area. These paintings can be extremely competent, and attractive to look at, but without a well-known name attached to them, they are unlikely to have a high-value price tag. If you like the picture, hang it on the wall and enjoy it.

  • Question:

    Have you ever heard of an artist called either J or L Ashley?

    Answer:

    There are a small number of J. Ashleys listed on findartinfo.com and blouinartsalesindex.com. Please bear in mind, however, that Ashley is a fairly common sir-name, and there will be many unlisted or amateur artists who might also have painted your picture.

  • Question:

    Have you heard of an artist named Frances Gamble?

    Answer:

    There is a single listing on findartinfo.com for an engraving by F.Gamble which might be by your artist. Other than that, I have no leads for you. There are quite some contemporary artists selling their work on eBay with Gamble as their sir-name, but I cannot see a Frances. Please bear in mind that there are many, many competent and talented amateur artists around whose work is only sold through local art shows and in small galleries, and who never become listed artists. Frances Gamble may well be one of those.

  • Question:

    Is there anywhere I can send or post a signature for identification when selling art?

    Answer:

    Not that I’m aware of. If someone were to set up such a website, I’m sure it would be incredibly popular! Unfortunately, the simple truth is that the majority of paintings are not by famous artists. Few are even by so-called ‘listed’ artists whose works regularly appear at auction or in galleries. Researching paintings can be frustrating, and requires patience and attention to detail. Even experts with years of experience often fail to identify the artist. If you have a painting you believe to be valuable you might wish to engage an art researcher, but you may have to pay for this service.

  • Question:

    I have a framed drawing signed by Fred Yatesdating from around 1956. I believe he did it while teaching. It’s a sketch of a nude female model. I know painting is what Fred Yates is best known for, but this sketch is amazing. Can it be worth anything being as it’s his early work and different than his later work?

    Answer:

    Fred Yates’ work is highly regarded and very collectible these days. Unsurprisingly there are quite some fake versions in circulation, and you will need to have some supporting evidence to prove that your item is genuine. The fact that the drawing is unrepresentative of Yates work might have some effect on price, but your picture, if genuine, should still be of some value. Approach a high-end auction house for marketing advice. It’s best to go through an auction house with a dedicated art sales team rather than a generalist.

  • Question:

    My artwork has no signature but appears to be very old. How do I find out who it’s by and how old it is?

    Answer:

    It is incredibly difficult to identify the artist of a painting without some kind of signature or other identifying feature. Sometimes signatures are hidden in the picture and a careful examination with a magnifying glass or jeweller’s loupe might reveal something useful. You can also examine the back of the picture and the frame for clues. If you have a framer’s label or gallery label you could try contacting them (if they are still in existence) to see if they can help. If there are chalked numbers on the back of the picture or frame this can be an indication that the picture has been through an auction or gallery at some point, and although this isn’t useful in itself, it might suggest that it is at least interesting.

    If you are hoping to sell the item you could approach an auction house or art dealer for further advice. An old picture in a good frame will often do reasonably well at auction even without an attribution so long as it is attractive and appealing.

  • Question:

    Is a painting by Sriyuz worth anything?

    Answer:

    I’m sorry, I have never come across this artist, and the listing sites have checked don’t seem to have heard of him either.

  • Question:

    I have two wall hangings that are from Paris with a stamp on the back. How would I know who the artist is?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, it is incredibly difficult to identify an artist when no signature is present. If the stamp on the reverse is legible you could try researching that, but I have no real suggestions as to how you might go about this.

  • Question:

    I have a painting signed by Dorothy W. Have you ever seen art by this artist?

    Answer:

    I have never seen a painting signed this way, but I imagine there might be a considerable number of artists who might go by this name.

  • Question:

    Can I email a picture of the artwork I have to someone on HubPages for them to identify?

    Answer:

    No, not on this site, although there are websites that offer versions of this service, Be aware however that art research is time-consuming and requires attention to detail. Most sites will, therefore, charge for this service.

  • Question:

    I have a limited edition print by Jennifer Ann Brashear, numbered 32/100. Is it worth anything?

    Answer:

    Jennifer Brashear is a contemporary artist whose work has a small following. The print is likely to have a low resale value of less than $100. That said, it is impossible to give any realistic valuation without seeing the picture, because so much depends on quality of presentation, overall condition, and general desirability.

  • Question:

    I took a famous lithograph to an auction house. Once they accepted it with the contract, they took it out of its frame and said there was too much damage and they were going to return it. I did not permit them to take it out of the frame. Is that legal? I thought they commented on the listing “has not been removed from the frame.” Is its value now depreciated?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately I’m not able to comment on the actions of your auction house. If you are dissatisfied with the way you’ve been treated you might consider putting in a formal written complaint to the management with a copy to the appropriate trading body. Search ‘complaints about auctioneers’ to find lists of governing bodies who may be able to help.

  • Question:

    I have a painting by ‘Villneuve’. Is this a famous artist?

    Answer:

    There are several listed artists with the sirname Villeneuve. One or two of them are well=known and their works are collectable. If you sign up to www.liveauctioneers.com (this is free to join) you can look at the price results page for Villeneuve, and perhaps you will be able to identify a possible artist for your item.

  • Question:

    What is a watercolour by John Houston from Scotland worth?

    Answer:

    If you search on the findartinfo.com website, you will see well over 200 auction results listed for this artist, and you should be able to get an idea of a likely value.

  • Question:

    Have you ever heard of the artist Chas A. Castle?

    Answer:

    There is a Charles Castle listed on the free auction results pages of findartinfo.com, together with four price results.

  • Question:

    I have a painting/print of an owl on a log. Who is the artist j r w?

    Answer:

    Given that there are thousands upon thousands of artists worldwide, many of whom are amateurs whose work will not be found on an internet search, I’m afraid it is not possible for me to tell you the name of your artist. If you feel that your item is exceptionally attractive and well-painted it might be worth taking advice from a local auctioneer or art dealer. They probably won’t be able to identify the artist, but they may be able to give you some idea of the painting’s value.

  • Question:

    I have two watercolor paintings by the artist H.A. Thomas. One is dated ‘81 and the other 1891. They are both sea scape scenes and I got them in 1972 off a wall in an abandoned apartment. I have not found any information about the artist. I plan to see about selling and donating the proceeds to a charity. Can you help?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, the sir-name Thomas is incredibly common, and it is difficult to positively identify your artist without seeing the picture in person. If you intend to sell them approach an auctioneer or art dealer who may be able to give you some guidance.

  • Question:

    I have a very old painting but there is no visible signature. How can I determine the artist and hence the value?

    Answer:

    There are hundreds of thousands of pre-owned paintings in the world and the vast majority are either by little known or totally unknown artists and quite a high proportion of these have unidentifiable signatures or no signature at all. Unfortunately, only a tiny percentage of second-hand art is by a famous or collectible artist.

    Having said all that, many unsigned works do have a value. Many works in museums, for example, are unattributed. They earn their place through the quality of their workmanship. If your item is indeed a very old painting, and it is of good quality, and in good condition, it may be worth asking advice from an auction house with a dedicated art expert on the team. Email the auctioneer with your inquiry, and remember to include clear photos of the front and back of your painting together with close-ups of any labels or other distinguishing marks.

  • Question:

    Is my original R Geiger oil on canvas with a small tear on it still valuable?

    Answer:

    Without seeing the painting in person it is impossible to assess how much of an impact the damage will have on its value. I recommend that you ask advice from an auctioneer or art dealer in your area. I can’t find many sold examples of this artist’s work, but those I have seen are not hugely valuable, and it may be that the restoration costs will either equal or outweigh the value of the painting, but do seek further advice, as it may be an exceptional item, and you wouldn’t want to miss out.

  • Question:

    I have two Amado Pêna limited edition prints with numbers and signatures, are they worth anything?

    Answer:

    There are numerous listings for the artist Amadeo Pena on the auction price results pages of the liveauctioneers.com website. This site is free to sign up to and only requires your email address. Once you have subscribed, you can look at auction results listings completely free of charge.

  • Question:

    I have four hand-sketched and watercolored set design elevations from the original movie, “Life with Father” how can I get these appraised and possibly valued for sale?

    Answer:

    If you are looking for an appraisal for insurance purposes you should be able to find a certified appraiser in your area via a simple internet search. If you are simply hoping to sell your items, try taking them either to an auction house where you should be provided with an estimate of value prior to sale or else offer them to local art dealers and bargain for the best price available.

  • Question:

    I have an oil painting with the initial E.W. Have you any ideas who this might be?

    Answer:

    Given that there are quite literally hundreds of thousands of artists in the world, both professional and amateur, I think it’s highly likely that your picture might have been painted by any of a very large number of artists. The findartinfo.com website lists 60 artists who sign themselves this way, but this is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Usually, the best way to research initials is to look at one of the many on-line signature resources, or else borrow or buy a book of artist’s signatures. You can then compare the signature to known examples by various artists.

  • Question:

    I have three prints from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (still in the sleeves) from 1937; Delacroix, David and Monet. Can you give me a value?

    Answer:

    Paintings on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are likely to have been reproduced many thousands of times, particularly those by artists as well-known as the three you have named. Even assuming that your prints are in pristine condition they are unlikely to be of any great value simply because there are so many in circulation.

    If you feel that there is something special or outstanding about your prints you could try getting a valuation from an auctioneer or art and collectibles dealer in your neighbourhood.

  • Question:

    The name Sam appears on my sailboat painting. Who is it by?

    Answer:

    There must be thousands and thousands of artists named Sam world-wide. It would be impossible for me to pick out a likely candidate with so little to go on. If you put “Sam sailboat painting” into your search engine and look at the vast selection of images that come up in response, you will get some idea of just how many people might be your mystery artist.

    If you feel that your painting is possibly by a very good artist and your research is going nowhere you could perhaps try showing the picture to an art dealer or auctioneer in your local area.

  • Question:

    Hi, I have a painting signed ‘Peter H.’ It features a garden with a lake and a bridge connecting two houses. The size is approx. 2.5’×2′ and it is expensively framed using 5 frame levels. Can you help, please?

    Answer:

    A good quality frame is often an indication of an equally good quality painting. However, it is impossible to suggest a likely value for an artwork without seeing it in person. ‘Peter H.’ could be any of a number of listed artists, or it could just as easily be the signature of an unknown, amateur artist. If you are really having no luck researching this yourself, it might be worth showing it to an art dealer or auction house in your local area.

  • Question:

    I have two oil paintings, both signed O’Malley and cannot find anything about them. They are of African American hobo clowns playing golf, and I think one has a tennis racket. I have pictures of them on my phone. Do you know anything about such oil paintings?

    Answer:

    There are several listed artists with the sir-name O’Malley. I haven’t come across any similar paintings to the ones you describe. Please bear in mind that there thousands upon thousands of artists, many of whom are amateurs, and most are not famous, and their work is of decorative value only. If you are having difficulty in taking your research further, you could try seeking further advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    I have a painting signed by Natzler, However I can only find his pottery art. How can I tell if my painting is authentic?

    Answer:

    Otto Natzler (1908-2007) was an Austrian born ceramicist who lived and worked in California for much of his long career. He was famous for his ceramics, although it is very possible that he might also have produced other works of art. However, it is also possible that your painting might be by a completely different artist who happens to have the same name. It would be worth contacting a high-end auction house with a ceramics expert on board who might be able to give you some guidance. Good luck!

  • Question:

    Are you, the author of this article, familiar with the work of Robert-Sinnott?

    Answer:

    There are quite a number of paintings by Robert Sinnott on the price results pages of liveauctioneers.com. This site is free to sign up to, and the price results are free to access and include images of the items sold.

  • Question:

    I have a very old framed print from A.W. Elson Co., but cannot find any information about it. Do you know of any experts that specialize in this company?

    Answer:

    There are a number of Elson prints on the price results pages of liveauctioneer.com which might be worth investigating. Other than that, you could perhaps try seeking the advice of an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    Does anyone have any information on the artist A.J LeGassick? We have an ocean/coastal oil painting which is signed by this artist.

    Answer:

    There are three auction price results with images of the paintings on the liveauctioneers.com website. This site is free to sign up to, and there is no charge for accessing their auction price results once they have your details. Jean LeGassick also has her own website which is very easy to find with a simple google search.

  • Question:

    Have you any information on the painters by the name of R. Donn or R. Buckley?

    Answer:

    If you check the price results section on liveauctioneers. com you will find auction results and images for at least three Robert Buckley paintings. I don’t know of any artists called R, Donn, though they probably exist somewhere. Given that many of the pre-owned paintings available for sale are by amateur artists, or artists with very limited output, it is entirely possible to find art for sale whose creators have never been mentioned on a search engine.

  • Question:

    I bought an old painting signed F Whitman. Everytime I search it comes up a G Whitman or a Walt Whitman. I can’t find anything on the guy to find out how much the painting is worth?

    Answer:

    Try looking at the price results listings on liveauctioneers.com. Unlike other sites there is no charge for accessing auction results, and images are included. I just looked at the results for F Whitman, and there were two examples on the first page plus four paintings by C F Whitman.

  • Question:

    I have a couple of paintings from the early 1900’s with the name J Palmer signed. I have searched and can’t find him anywhere. Does this mean that they are not valuable?

    Answer:

    Try looking on findartinfo.com. There are quite a number of artists listed with the sir-name Palmer and the first initial J. If you also look in the auction results on liveauctioneers.com you will find illustrated examples of sold items by some of these artists.

  • Question:

    I have a signed limited edition print by Lynne Marie Bonnette Buchner “Jesus” number 5 of 25. How do I find the value of this?

    Answer:

    I had never heard of this artist until this question came up. I have tried very hard to find an example of her work other than on Pinterest or on her own dedicated website, but to no avail. Lynne Bonnette is clearly a very talented artist and illustrator, yet her work does not appear to have an obvious marketplace on the internet. The main website seems to have had links to an eBay shop at some point, but this has now disappeared. With so little information to go on, it’s difficult to give an informed opinion. I feel fairly sure that an artist reliant on an eBay shop for sales is unlikely to being turning out highly valuable works of art, but of course there are always exceptions to every rule. You could perhaps try the item on eBay to see if there is a market for it, but I’m afraid I am unable to suggest a likely value.

  • Question:

    I have just acquired a watercolor which is beautifully painted. However, it has no signature or stamps or labels. Can you help?

    Answer:

    There are quite literally hundreds of thousands of artists who might have painted your picture, including many who are either unlisted amateurs or professionals with limited output. It would be impossible for one person to know every artist who might have produced a picture. If your item is as high a quality item as you imply, there may be a market for it even without a signature, and you will be able to get advice from an auction house or art dealer in your local area.

  • Question:

    Do you know of a specialist who has studied Claude Lorrain?

    Answer:

    I don’t personally know an expert on this artist. If you believe that you have a genuine painting by this artist you could perhaps contact a high-end auctioneer and ask advice from one of their specialists. In the U.K., the best-known auction houses are Sotheby’s and Christie’s. I don’t know which country this question originates from, but I am sure you will have similar expertise amongst the larger auctioneers.

  • Question:

    I have a painting of an Indian teepee by a lake. I cannot make out the artist’s signature. Any suggestions?

    Answer:

    I imagine there must be any number of artists who might have produced such a picture, including many who are not well-known enough to turn up on a search engine. If you can pick out the first letter of the sir-name you could compare the name to other signatures either on an on-line signature site, or in a dictionary of artist’s signatures.

  • Question:

    I have two prints. The artist’s name is Harriet Scherer.

    One print is named “Paris” and the other is named “Populi” and was made in 1925. They have a gallery name on them; “The Golden Door Gallery” in Pa. Are they worth anything? Are they real?

    Answer:

    Harriet Scherer’s work does not appear to have a big following I’m afraid. Even her original works sell for for minimal amounts, and I doubt if prints would do any better. If your pictures are attractive, in good condition and in good quality frames you may stand a chance of finding a buyer, otherwise you might not be so lucky. You could try seeking advice from a local auction house or a dealer in antiques and collectibles.

  • Question:

    How can you read an unclear signature on a piece of art?

    Answer:

    There’s no easy answer to this I’m afraid. You can try taking a photo of the signature and blowing it up to see if that helps. If that doesn’t make it any clearer, then you could try narrowing it down to a list of possibles, and comparing to artist’s signature listings either online or in a dictionary of signatures. Do bear in mind that sometimes signatures are exceptionally obscure because they’re actually in a different alphabet. If you think you might be looking at a Greek, Russian, or Bulgarian signature you can easily do a ‘translation’ by referencing Wikipedia’s pages on Cyrillic alphabets.

  • Question:

    If a person has a painting without a signature, how can I identify it? The previous owner donated it to an organization for a fundraiser, and cannot be reached. How can I put a fair price on it?

    Answer:

    The vast majority of unsigned paintings are likely to be by minor or amateur artists. They may be attractive works of art, but without an identifiable signature or a clear provenance, their value is purely that of a decorative item. If your artwork has clear indicators of potential value, it may be worth seeking the advice of an art dealer or a saleroom. Good quality, heavy frames are usually found on better quality artworks. Framing labels on the reverse are also a good sign, as many professional artists have their works professionally framed.

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