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I have a signed print in original frame with a brass inscription on the bottom Carmelita - Rico Tomaso. The back is a blue and white label with Illinois Moulding Co. featuring Windsor Art Products, Chicago Illinois 60608, #P555-2, CB5328-652, CARMELITA, Made in USA.
Then another label stating " This exquisite finished frame of selected wood represents the ultimate in fine wood texture. Variations in the wood enhances the natural beauty and adds to it's authenticity.
I got it from a yard sale, and she got it from a yard sale. My online research figures it's about 60 years old, but I keep on coming to dead ends. Including the frame it is 35"X 43". I am not sure how many prints were made, or what the value is. Could you please help me with more info on her? Thank you!

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Dear Naomi,
Your print was released in an open poster edition; which means it is not known how many have been printed. Some have been adhered to heavy card stock and made to appear as original paintings. The signature on your print is referred to as "signed in the print or plate" as opposed to hand signed. The prints are considered decorative art and the value is based on what a vintage print collector is willing to pay. There are a few of them online for sale, but the people selling them are under the impression they have original paintings and have high prices on them. I hope this information is helpful.
Kind regards,
Dolly

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Dolly D Headley

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.

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Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at www.headleyfineart.com since 1998. With over 14 years experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, and an extensive art research library; Ms. Headley has provided hundreds of people with her high quality personalized consultation services and solid guarantee of satisfaction. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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Bachelor of Science; Self taught with thousands of hours research and retail gallery consulting. Personalized mentorship from various experts in the industry.

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