Fine Art/oil painting


Flower Girl
Flower Girl  

Flower Girl
Flower Girl  
I purchased a small oil (or acrylic) painting on wood (9x12") of a young woman in a aqua blue dress and a white bonnet.  She is holding flower pots in both arms and is standing by a doorway.  The signature in lower left corner looks something like: "Nuble-Ive".  The woman's dress style looks like it could be from 1800s (full length; not fancy; plain).  See attached image and signature. The words written in pencil on back: "Breton Flower Girl".   

Can you tell me anything about the painting?  I found it at a yard sale and love it.  It is in a plain gold wooden frame.

This is possibly the work of Sarah Noble Ives (1864-1944) a California artist who primarily executed illustrations for children's books of the early twentieth century.  

This brief biography is found in Edan Hughes "Artists in California (1786-1940)":
"Born in Grosse Ile, MI on March 10, 1864. Ives was a resident of Middletown, CT in 1915. Moving to California in 1920, she settled in Pasadena. A spinster, she died there on Nov. 27, 1944. Exh: Pasadena Art Inst., 1928 (Spring on Grapevine Grade)."

Contact Wickliff Auctioneers in Carmel, Indiana.  They sold similar oils by this artist in November 2003 (Lots #447 & #448), fetching hammer prices of $2000 and $400 respectively.  I would fathom your oil would come in closer to the latter sum. Good job with the photos.

Good luck with your picture.  

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Stuart Cartwright


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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