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Eglise de Luna Lane or Laine
Eglise de Luna Lane or  
QUESTION: I acquired a painting at a garage sale some years ago, the signature reads as follows Maurice Utrillo, V.  It is signed in the right hand corner. The painting is on board, not a canvas.

The name of the painting is very faded, but I believe it says "Eglise de Luna Lane or Laine"?

Could this be authentic, have you ever heard of this particular painting, how would I find out for sure if it is authentic or a print?

ANSWER: Hello Kathy,

Unfortunately, I am not personally familiar with this work.  Only a few experts in the world are qualified to designated a Utrillo painting as authentic or not.  I have included these experts' contact information below and recommend contacting one or all of them for further information:

1.  Jean Fabris at the Association Maurice Utrillo
BP 40014- 1, place du General-Leclerc
95111 Sannois cedex France
T: +33 (0)1 30 25 18 43
F: +33 (0)1 30 25 30 11
Email: or

2.  Gilbert Petrides  at Galerie Petrides
63, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore
75008 Paris France
T: +33 (0)1 42 66 42 32
F: +33 (0)1 42 65 25 84

Best of luck to you,

Andrew Evans

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QUESTION: Thank you so much for your prompt response.  I will e-mail both experts you recommended with my question.  I live in Rochester, NY, where would you suggest I begin at a local level to determine the age/authenticity of this painting?

Hello Kathy,

Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with the Rochester New York area.  I could perhaps recommend  contacting Christies or Sothebys auction houses, as they are the two largest auction houses in the world. They may have an expert who is familiar with this work. I can also recommend trying Bonhams auctions at, as I know that Bonhams sometimes does free valuation days.  

I hope that this information can be of some assistance, and good luck to you!


Andrew Evans

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Experienced in selling, appraising and judging authenticity of signed original prints and unique works of fine art. Concentration on Picasso lithographs; Rembrandt etchings; Edgar Degas drawings; Calder lithographs; Miro; Durer woodcuts; Marc Chagall lithographs; Renoir etchings; Toulouse Lautrec lithographs; Vasarely; Warhol silk screens; Henry Moore sculptures.


Judging authenticity and avoiding fraud. Appraisal. Fine art investments.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Sonoma State University

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