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I was wondering about this painting.  It belonged to my grandparents and my grandad died in 1990. It's about 5 & 1/2 ft by 4 &1/2 ft., has a plate 'Venus and Paris', Jean Raoux 1677-1734, Hearns Collection.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Dear Cindi,

Finding Jean Raoux’s biography was very easy so I assume you already know about the artist. I am not going to ask to see photos of your painting because I would not be able to tell if it is original oil without seeing the painting in person.

Anytime I hear a painting has a plate with the title of the painting and artist I am alerted that it is likely a copy; a print applied to canvas with lacquer to give it dimension. The other alert is that it mentions “Hearns Collection”, which may mean that is where the original painting is located.

However, the size of your painting is much larger than most I have seen reproduced. They are usually much smaller. Additionally, I have not been able to locate a reproduction or a location of a Jean Raoux with the title of your painting. I would take the painting to a local museum or fine art gallery for someone to determine if it is a print or an oil painting. It can be very difficult to tell the copies from the originals for the novice.

Original Jean Raoux paintings have a wide range of value at auction. They sell for anywhere from $15,000-60,000. I hope this information is helpful.

Kind regards,
Dolly

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Dolly D Headley

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.

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Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at www.headleyfineart.com since 1998. With over 14 years experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, and an extensive art research library; Ms. Headley has provided hundreds of people with her high quality personalized consultation services and solid guarantee of satisfaction. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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Bachelor of Science; Self taught with thousands of hours research and retail gallery consulting. Personalized mentorship from various experts in the industry.

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