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Hello..Thank you for answering a question I had before..I have a  miniature painting of a lady it seems to be water color it is 2" by 1 1/2 " there is a name on the back I can't make out and on the front of  picture on the side of lady it has the name Mary.. any information is appreciated .   Thank you

Re; The miniature.
Hello again Cheryl,
The painting appears to be made by an amateur, rather than a professional "miniaturist painter." It also does not appear to executed on the normal grounds -  such as copper, ivory etc.
For some strange reason it also seems to be done in a heavy sort of gouache, which is a bit odd, to say the least.

It is however made in the style of the 1800-1820's which depicts a Lady of Nobility.
I may well have be made in the US, rather than Europe.

It would quite definitely need to have a "hands on vetting" in order to obtain more information.

Therefore the yellow pages guide to any auction house near to yourself, is the best option.
They will quickly be able to ascertain all the relevant information which you are seeking.

Once again I feel that it is not a “fake” as such, but rather the work of the period and  done by an amateur purely  as a “Sweethearts” memento, or keepsake.

It has a certain naive charm and simplicity, perhaps done by a sailor,or soldier(of officers rank) - before leaving for distant troubled regions, or lands.
In many respects, the message it contains; is just as relevant today as when it was made. The relevant research, might  just turn up the lady and artist in question - which indeed all adds to the provenance.

I wish you all the best with the “vetting,” of which I am sure; will all turn out alright and thank you for posting the image.
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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