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I have four pieces of artwork by Vernet. They came from my grandfather's home. They all appear to be watercolered? The first two appear to be engravings, Preparatifs dune course and Suites dune course. The left side says Carle Vernet px. On the  right side they say Debucourt sc.  The other two pieces are called, LA COURSE and FIN DE LA COURSE, left side says defsine par Carle Vernet, right side says grave par P L Debucourt. I'm just trying to find out their value and how to take care of them.

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Dear Walter,

Determining value can be difficult in a fluctuating market. All four of your prints are early nineteenth century hand colored engravings. They tend to be sold in pairs as I found a 2007 auction where a pair sold for approximately $450. However I have found a more current auction price of $80 for a pair. As you can see, value of art varies substantially based on location of auction, date, amount of bidders present, condition of the art and etc.
If your prints are framed in old frames, you may want to take them to a good framer to be reframed in acid free archival material. When hanging in your home avoid direct sunlight on the prints as this will cause the watercolors to fade and/or the paper to darken. If you see any evidence of moisture have the prints removed from the framing material asap.

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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