Fine Art/Maurice Utrillo painting
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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,
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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?
Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with the Rochester New York area. I could perhaps recommend contacting Christies http://christies.com/
or Sothebys http://www.sothebys.com/
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 http://www.bonhams.com/usa/home/
, 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!