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QUESTION: I have what appears to be an 1830's Florence Italy sepia toned engraving. It says M Ponte Vecchio Dagli Uffizi and has a mark that is a circle with a crown-under the crown is the letter G-under that is FIRENZE. It doesn't look to me like what I would imagine poster or print paper to look like. It appears to have a texture. How can you tell if it is authentic?

ANSWER: Dear Sandra,

I cannot see much in the photo. Where is the writing you describe and is it printed or hand written? Have you removed it from the frame? If it is an engraving, it should have plate marks, (unless it is trimmed to the plate and no longer has margins). If an engraving, it should not have texture such as in a painting. My suggestion is you remove it from the frame and/or take it to an art gallery or museum and let them take a look at it for you. I believe it is a copy of an engraving due to the copyright mark you mentioned. I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards,

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QUESTION: The writing is on the bottom to the left of the copyright mark. I can't tell if it printed or hand written. I haven't removed it from the frame because the paper on the back is glued to the frame. There are more pictures on photobucket. sign on is  sammy0113     password is  simple01
Will that help? It just looks so old to me. Are copies ever valuable?
I guess I will take it to a gallery. I hope they don't laugh at me!!!

thanks for your help,

Hello Sandra,
I have tried several times to access the photos, but I must have the information incorrect. I am fairly certain you have a print after a drawing that is in one of the museums in Florence. I have one fairly similar in my gallery. If it is a quality image the value can be up to $100 or maybe just a bit more. I think I have one listed for $75. I completely understand any hesitation to ask an opinion from a gallery. Even though I have been a gallery consultant in the past, I am a rare example of someone in the fine art industry willing to help without being condescending. I hope this is helpful.
Kind regards,

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