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This painting was donated for a charity auction. I have checked the name "Horacio" on line and the style shown there is completely different from our painting.  My question as a complete art dummy is: is this a good painting, is the painter known, anything you can tell me for information at the silent auction will be much appreciated.  It is not painted on canvas, but on a board.  The tethered lizard by the signature is really intriguing. The small people in the middle ground are around a camp fire and in black and red costume. The boy looks really naive and sweet.

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Dear Rosemarie,

Thank you for writing to the Art Appraisal Firm about your painting signed "Horacio". There are many artists with this first and last name. I would have a hard time placing your artist absolutely without more information, such as the rest of the artist's name or a close up photograph of the signature.  Even then, it would take some detective work to pin down your artist.  It is quite possible that the "Horatio" you found on-line is a different artist if the style is markedly different.

I cannot tell from your photograph if your work is an actual painting or a print on board. There are modern works reproduced in this early style that have been hand embellished and look like paintings.  If your painting is an original oil painting, it is well executed for a naaive work and quite charming.

Paintings on wood panel were common in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  However if your painting is on cardboard or artist board, it is more likely a modern work.

I hope this answers some of your questions.

All the best,

Cindy Charleston Rosenberg, ISA CAPP
www.artappraisalfirm.com

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Our firm provides professional written Art Appraisal Services for formal functions such as donation, estate tax estimation, or insurance. Within the parameters of this site we are happy to answer general questions about art. Examples of such questions would be: "What does the "e.a." on my print mean?", "What does a fraction on the bottom of the image stand for (example 10/200)", or "How do I know if a certificate of authenticy is reliable". However, we regret that we are not able to provide the value of specific works without engagement. Clients who would like to engage us to advise them about the value of specific works of art are invited to visit our website at www.artappraisalfirm.com. The "fees" link provides specific directions for how to obtain an informal evaluation, or a formal written report, depending on your specific needs. We are an independent art appraisal company and therefore we also cannot help clients who are looking for a dealer or broker to sell their artwork.

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President and Founder: Art Appraisal Firm, LLC Founding Partner and Fine Art Consultant: The Appraisal Firm of Pennsylvania Art Appraisal Consultant to: Museums, Attorneys, Financial Planners, Trust Companies, Historical Societies, Prominent Auction Houses, and Galleries. Contributing Feature Writer for Art Matters magazine, covering fine art, auctions, and antiques. Featured Guest Speaker: Building a Fine Art Collection, Ten Elements in the Appraisal of Fine Art. Proprietor: The Charleston Galleries located in Chestnut Hill, Malvern and Wayne, Pennsylvania; and Lambertville, New Jersey. Specializing in estate paintings and sculpture, 1991-2001

Organizations
Certified Member in good standing: International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Business Partner Sponsor: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Woodmere Art Museum. General Memberships: The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown and New Hope; The Philadelphia Sketch Club; The Chestnut Hill and Cheltenham Historical Societies; Glenside Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer Activities: Group Facilitator, Safe Harbor Children’s Bereavement Program, Interfaith Houses for Humanity Project.

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Art Matters Magazine

Education/Credentials
B.A., Human Services, Antioch College, 1979 Graduate Studio Courses: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1989-1991 Graduate Studio Courses: University of the Arts, 1989-91 Continuing Education: Appraisal Theory Changes and IRS Standards Changes: ISA, 2007 New IRS Tax Laws: ISA, 2007 Connoisseurship Seminar: ISA, 2007 Art History in Context: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2006 Philadelphia Library Symposium, Art and Religion, 2005 Art History Courses: The Impressionists of New Hope: The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. 2005 Masterpieces in Context: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004 American Indian Painting, ISA, 2001 Art Conservation Panel, ISA, 2001 Appraisal of Prints, ISA, 2001

Awards and Honors
Completion of the experience, continuing education, peer review, report writing, and qualifying examination requirements for the ISA Certification to Appraise Fine Art (CAPP) designation under the auspices of the University of Maryland. The CAPP (Certified Member) distinction is the highest level of recognition ISA can bestow. Certified ISA members must recertify every five years by demonstrating continued professional development in their specialty areas and must pass a recertification exam. Successful completion of coursework and required examination in the ISA Appraiser as Expert Witness Course.

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