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QUESTION: I have a oil painting on canvas that was given to my wife by a very good friend that passed some time ago never told her ware she got it only that she got it in the late 40s and that she paid over $400.00 to have it framed she loved this painting as does my wife I'm just frustrated that i can't find out who the artist is can you help thank you very much Donald D.

ANSWER: Donald, I cannot see the artists name but based on what I see, it looks to be decorative painting.

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QUESTION: here is the artists name that is on the painting thank you very much Donald Deetjen

Donald, the signature looks like Altenoff or Altoneff. I cannot find any info on that artist. Still, that being said, it is a decorative painting and only has nominal worth. If you are still not satisfied, I would take it to one of your local auction houses and they would be able to give you an answer also.

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Joseph B. Laskowski


I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.


Experienced in American Art from the period 1850-1950. This Includes Impressionism, Regionalism, Early American Modernism, Hudson River School, WPA. I have 15 years researching, collecting, dealing, and appraising in this field. Ran a Fine Art gallery for 3 years in Phoenixville, Pa. that focused on American and European art from the 1800's to contemporary works. Rare books focused on fine art monographs and catalogue raisonne.

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