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Potodion: The dancer Camargo? In the original ianssiusi Potodion (hard to read)
Potodion: The dancer C  
QUESTION: For over 15 years I have had this painting hanging in my study. All this time i have wandered when and who painted it. The following links highlight several things I have discovered about the painting. An important note here is the painting has a name and possible artist D B Jones or P B Jones and a series of tags on the back.

Potodion: The dancer Camargo? In the original ianssiusi Potodion (hard to read)p103 18 4/12 X 26 28 D B Jones or P B Jones
the words above appear on the inner and outer frame

a few more images can be found:

The painting must be older that 90 years given my grandmothers age during which the painting hung in their living room.

Could you help me understand where this painting came from and approximate worth?


ANSWER: What your asking for will take some research. I am a Dali expert and have researched and sold other 20th Century Masters.


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QUESTION: Ok heres something interesting. The text from the link is below.

Friedrich II, King of Prussia [1712-1786], Potsdam; by inheritance through the Kings of Prussia to Kaiser Wilhelm II [1859-1941] Berlin;[1] sold 1928/1929 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased April 1928 by Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.; deeded 1 May 1937 to the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[2] gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] The provenance to Prince Carignan and Count von Rothenburg published in The Rococo Age, Exh. cat., High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1983, no. 43, is incorrect, since the painting once belonging to the Prince was of smaller dimensions than the NGA painting. The two paintings purchased by Count von Rothenburg from Prince Carignan for Frederick II were not identified in the letter of 1744 in which they were mentioned.

[2] Mellon purchase date and date deeded to Mellon Trust are according to Mellon collection files in NGA curatorial records and David Finley's notebook (donated to the National Gallery of Art in 1977, now in the Gallery Archives).
Hence the understanding of the image may suggest this painting is smaller than the one at the NGA and could be the one discussed above. the size of canvas without the external frame is 26 inches by 18.4 inches

still fun research Smile

One of the most interesting things about this painting is the word written on the back "Potodion"the mean l have no idea until l saw the the firs tline of the text quoted above:

Friedrich II, King of Prussia [1712-1786], Potsdam; by inheritance through the Kings of Prussia to Kaiser Wilhelm II [1859-1941] Berlin;

Does Potodion = Potsadam my understanding of old english is limited let alone other languages... The last of the items are the small pins that hold the paper onto the back of the frame. They have very interesting  detail. But I am creating an interesting story.

Who would be the appropriate person/group to take this to for evaluation. I have an art consultant that has suggested a value of between 2,000-20,000 and wants 30% of commission sale + cost of sale. I have an online joels evaluation of between 2,000-6,000 with a 14% commission.

The problem with old art, you could have tags on the back from the artist, galleries, framers, distributors etc.

From the sound of the estimates you are getting, it might not be worth it to pay the kind of fees the art appraiser will charge. You can find an affordable art appraiser, get what you pay for.


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.


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