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"I have a watercolor by James Milton Sessions that is signed in the lower right with SESSIONS in all caps. It is a naval scene with a large submarine in the forefront and a burning ship in the upper right. I inherited it from my grandparents. Is there any way to value this work? I apologize for the poor photo... I don't want to take it out of the glass. Thank you for your time."

I hope by Washington, you mean the state.  I'd recommend you
contact the AJ Kollar gallery in Seattle.  They are easy to
find on the web.  www dot ajkollar dot com

A few of Sessions artworks have brought healthy four figure sums
at auction recently, but for beautiful and large landscape scenes.  
As Sessions was a Navy man, and served in the Illinois Naval Reserve
during WWI, he developed a love for marine art.  During WWII, he
painted many historical battle scenes from the Pacific and European
theaters. Many were for reportage purposes, some also for advertising
or other commercial ventures.  You will want to consult a dealer to
verify that what you have is original watercolor and not lithographic
reproduction.  Sessions paintings are also prized by collectors of
WWII military memorabilia, so that is another avenue, besides "fine art"
that you might pursue.  

I would caution that so much in judging the value of artwork depends
upon condition, size, provenance...and urge you to work with a professional
dealer.  In the case of James Milton Sessions, I think it very much worth
your time to seek assistance.  

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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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