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Hi, I just purchased a very nice original watercolor that is signed Franck. I looked that name up online and it seems to be from the Dutch painter Albert Franck. The painting measures 9" x 13" and is framed. Any idea if it is part of Albert Frank work and if so, where can I get an appraisal. Thanks in advance, Carola

Re; The watercolour.
Thank you for the enquiry Carola.

Might I ask, how you came by the painting and when exactly?

However; in order to avoid  the possibility of “barking” up the wrong tree as it were, it would be very helpful if you could also post the following good quality images;

1. - An overall image, of the back of the painting
2. - A  close up image  of the signature
I look forward to receiving the information, at your convenience.

Take care.

Final opinion/answer

Thank you for the addition information Carola.

There are a number of issues which need clarification;

After an extensive search and debate, I am  still not 100% sure of a definite attribution.
A great number of artists - and all, with just the name "Franck" have passed the review.
Having no date,or any initials and any other information available, presents a great number of pitfalls.

I have a suspicion that the artist might be Sigfried Franck; 1909-2006.
He was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands, but become a U.S. Citizen in 1945, after extensive travels.
He is somewhat obscure, and not a great deal is known of his works and travels.
During his journeys, he made various sketches, watercolours.
He made both urban, and landscape scenes.  

In order to establish beyond a doubt if it is an original, or just  a print of his works. Therefore,it might be a good idea to take it along to a local auction house, near to where you live.
There a brief, "hands on" examination will soon shed more light on the matter.

As to the depicted street scene itself, in all probability it is a scene from Rome, Italy.
It appears to be executed around, the late 1920-30's.
It is rather an accomplished watercolour, done by an artist who well understood that particular medium - when used in "cityscapes" and also the art of 2. point perspective.

It is not unusual for there to a very great many "unknown" artists out there, some may have a somewhat lower monetary value, but nonetheless are very decorative indeed.

I hope that I have shed a bit more light, on this particular painting. I wish you success, with the next stage of your quest.

Good luck, and take care.

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I am unable to answer enquiries concerning objects, which are NOT related to the areas of Fine Art and Antiques. Nor will I; on the sole basis of any photographic images be willing to give any definitive monetary valuations, or monetary opinions. In such cases I would always advise on getting “real time” valuations and opinions from reputable and qualified auction houses, or third parties. In some applicable cases, I may perhaps give general indications of value, based on the presented materials. True valuations always need a direct “hands on” approach, with perhaps also the necessary research and verifications. Broadly open to almost all questions, regarding the majority of both European, American quality objects, which are related to both Antiques and Fine Art. This also includes modern 20th century designer objects such as furniture etc. My own particular comfort zone areas would be; The decorative Arts, marble, stone, furniture, ivory, bone, amber, ceramics and porcelain, sculpture, glass, silver and metal objects etc. I will also answer inquiries, and give opinions concerning Dutch 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings. Please note that I do have limitations and cannot possibly answer all questions, as the field is very extensive. VERY IMPORTANT and PLEASE NOTE: Please note that; providing > GOOD CLEAR and Preferably High Resolution < photo's of the object(s)in question, is vital. Pics taken with a cell/mobile phone, are of a poor quality and best avoided. Posting signatures only, or just fragments of an artifact - will only provide me with insufficient information and it is often quite misleading. So please; Do post good clear overall images, with your question(s). Failing to do so, may cause rejection, which is also a great pity.


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