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I have a small (10 x 8 ish)oil on wood painting in what looks to be a handmade frame. It was in a box that I bought at an auction in Buffalo, MO. It came out of an estate of an elderly woman that had passed with no family. There is nothing on the back, it is signed Bennett with what appears to be an M in front of it, but unsure. I would like to know who the artist is for sure, and if I should have this painting valued. Thank you so much!

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Don't send too much time researching this, and please don't waste any money having it appraised.  Your painting is probably worth $100 or less.  Ivey-Selkirk is an auction house in St. Louis. You could try sending them several good electronic images of the front, back and closeup of the signature, and ask about it.  There are a number of M. Bennetts in art databases, but without prolific records.  If you like the painting, keep it and hang it where you can enjoy it.  Consider giving it to someone who you might think would appreciate it.  Best of luck.

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Stuart Cartwright

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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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