Fine Art/Oil Painting

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I have an oil painting signed by one C. Nichols and am trying to find out more about the artist and painting itself. This painting shows a floral arranagement in a vase in pale colours, blues and whites. It is approximately 20" high by 18: wide. It is framed and so difficult to tell but not it's original frame.

Any ideas or places to start would be appreciated.

Regards.

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Good morning Karen,
More than likely you have a very attractive still life by a more modern artist, but it is possible that you have an antique by Celeste Bruff Nichols (1860 - 1910), who may have been established in the Washington, DC area.  But this is a longshot, at best.  

There are many good galleries in the provice, and I am sure you might elicit a good opinion from any dealer of older works.  Try Ritchies or Waddingtons in Toronto, or Walkers in Ottawa.  Send them digital snapshots, including closeups of the signature.  Best of luck.

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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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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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