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Hi there, I am looking for some help to identify the origin of two framed pictures I found in a local thrift shop. They depict pots with floral arrangements in them and birds. There is a stamp near the bottom of each, an oval with BR inside and a crown on top. Sorry if I have the wrong person, they are quite beautiful pieces and what interested me in getting information was the tag on the back of each that says Event 204, like they had been in an auction at some point. Thank you very much for your time.

Dear Jim,

The markings are very much like the ones that museums stamp onto prints and drawings in their care. For instance the British Museum uses 'BM' with a crown atop. These markings can then be seen on any reproductions that are copied from the original.

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Samantha Hughes-Johnson


I am an art historian and my speciality is Renaissance Florence, although I have an excellent knowledge of the Renaissance in Europe too. I can answer your questions regarding visual and textual primary sources produced during this period although I DO NOT APPRAISE PAINTINGS OR ANTIQUES.


I have experience in independent research and have produced several, as yet unpublished works. My research has taken me to London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Prague, Milan etc.

I belong to the Association of Art Historians.

I have a first-class honours degree in the humanities with art history, a postgraduate certificate in research methodology and I am currently researching towards my PhD.

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