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Antique oil painting
Antique oil painting  
QUESTION: Hi I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this painting that I purchased from an estate in Portland Oregon. I think it's oil/acrylic but cant be sure. It measures 5'8 X 3'7 and is an antique ornate frame. I have a photo of the signature that I cant make out. Last name: Cox? Carl? Cart?

Thanks and I hope you have a great Day
~ Anna

ANSWER: Anna,
You have a big, vibrant picture with dramatic composition.  It screams "Western US".  I am a bit suspect that the painting is antique.  What does the canvas look like on the back?  Unblemished, consistent natural canvas color?  Or dark, blemished material?  An antique oil painting of this size would almost undoubtedly have some flaking oil paint or cracks throughout. Antiques (50+ years old) usually show signs of age.

Looks like "Ricki Cox" to me from your photo, but I agree that it is hard to distinguish.  I know of no such artist, nor can I find a Rick Carr, Rich Cart, Ricki Carr, any of a number of permuations.  

You could check with www.JohnMoran.com , an auction house specializing in Western US art.  Alas, large pictures of this sort are often sold as "decorator" or "couch art" and manufactured overseas.  Not to say it cannot be enjoyed or appreciated, or that it would not add value to any room!

You may have a treasure, you may not.  Either way, relax, enjoy it!  Thanks for asking...remember, no question about art is inappropriate.

Stu Cartwright



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Cracking/Peeling paint
Cracking/Peeling paint  
QUESTION: Thanks for your quick reply. Yes the painting is flaking/peeling in a few places. The back paper is ripping of and has exposed the back of the canvas which is somewhat streaked with discoloration. The frame's hardware is questionable? It looks like it may have had some recent glue or newer nails? I have attached photos.  
Thanks for your help and I hope you have a great day!
~ Anna

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Anna,
Oddly, that is good news in my estimation.  Your painting is indeed antique.  

I typed a lengthy explanation about restoration and your choices yesterday, but I must have hit the wrong send button, because it looks as if I did not answer you on your followup.  In a nutshell, you have a choice...If you are keeping the painting and it has value (either financially or personal) I'd encourage you to seek a professional conservator of fine art.  Find one by contacting local galleries or musuems.  You may spend $700-$1000 but possibly worth it to you.  If you intend to sell...don't fix the painting as most dealers prefer to have "their guy" fix the antique.  You'll actually hurt the value of the painting in the dealer's view if you have it fixed.

I still cannot help with the ID of the signature.  Keep trying. Another good contact for this obvious western scene might be Braarud Fine Art in Laconner, Washington.  (360) 466-4416.

Good luck.

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Stuart Cartwright

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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