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Belgian seaside
Belgian seaside  
QUESTION: Hello Mr Lombardo, i aquired this little oil a while back, i was wondering if maybe you could read the signature, its of a Belgian seaside, there are references to someone having received it as a wedding gift in 1952, maybe its just an ordinary artist who lived at the time, still, i'd love to know more. Im a fine artist and teacher from Durban, South Africa. Many thanx, Steve Shooter.
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ANSWER: Hello Steve;
In order to help you further, I will need a good - clear, "close up photo" of the signature.
Then, I may be able to ID the signature and perhaps tell you a bit more, about the painting. I look forward to seeing the image.
Take care.

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QUESTION: Thankyou so much for the reply David, its very kind of you, heres a pic i just took....regards Steve

Hello Steve;
Having checked "ALL" the  track records of  any references belonging  Flemish and Dutch artists in the period 1850 -1960, using the name of  -  D. (Boon). t x x x x x  - does not show up - anywhere.
The work is therefore by an artist with a very low profile  i.e. invisible, and therefore, I am unable to trace this particular artist.
These sorts of paintings, with mysterious signatures are really quite common.
This lack of an "ID on the work", does not in any way - detract from it own merits.
It therefore remains a coastal landscape of the period - and is still perfectly saleable, or just to have on the wall, in its own right.
It may well be a scene painted  somewhere in and around “Knokke” in Flanders. This area played host to a generation of post - war artists, film makers, theatre people, and important modern writers such as Françoise Sagan.
I hope that the answer, is not too disappointing for you.
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.


Since the early 90’s I lead a team of very enthusiastic staff at a business, where have the following disciplines; Restoration and refurbishment of historical buildings and gardens, including interior design. The restoration and care of Fine Art and Antiques at our restoration studio We are also Fine Art and Antique dealers, besides being collectors ourselves for a great number of years.

The main professional organization of which I am a member is the BNA, or Association of Dutch Architects, which is equivalent to the US; American Institute of Architects. Affiliated to the Art Loss Register in London and the International Cites Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Villa Rufolo; The forgotten paradise on earth. Published by the University of Aarhus, Denmark Book reviews and articles for International Archis Magazine, in the Netherlands.

Since I wished to become a Restoration Architect, firstly I took my BA degree in Art History. Then after graduation, I followed this immediately by studies to graduate and become a Restoration Architect. Ever since then, I have been an established Restoration Architect and Antiquarian. Since a great number of buildings are also inhabited by Fine Art fixtures and furnishings, I also became absorbed by all the artifacts, which go to fill them and not only the edifices themselves. This and much more, was the reason for gaining an advisory post on the City Commission; For The Protection and Care of Historic Monuments of Amsterdam - Amstelveen.

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Citations and gratitude; “From the Town of Amalfi” for the groundwork achieved in order bring back the Historical past to the Medieval Villa Rufolo and its vital role in the region. BA in Art Hisory. Graduation Diploma as an Architect & Antiquarian; and also practicing as such. I have also completed a 3 year course in antiques, at the VHOK in Amsterdam VHOK is translated as; ( "The Association of Fine Art Dealers In The Netherlands.")

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