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Hello  Hernan;
Many thanks for all of the very  good quality images, as these are  Always of great value in such matters.

However, as with a great  many things in life, there are the good  bits, and the bad bits.

Firstly - the bad news.

It is not a real work which has been done  by  the "hand" of  Velasquez himself, nor is it particularly old.
Even without the usual formalities and  "forensics" in order to establish  authorship, this  painting is executed many centuries after, Velasquez - himself -  had died.

Secondly - somewhat brighter news.

Although it is  not by Velasques himself, nor is it  executed  in his lifetime - it does have a certain monetary value.

This  particular painting is a >>look alike<< or is quite often referred to  as;

- The school of.....

- Attributed to.......or in the manner of......

If the painting was in fact genuine, then the frame is obviously of a much later date and was made towards the end of the 19th century, therefore these  >> 2 << objects  do not match, or correspond with each other.

As a decorative piece, executed in the manner of Velasquez...rather than by him....then yes, it is perhaps worth around 450-550 USD  to hang on the wall, of a "classy" type of  restaurant.

I would much preferred to be the bringer of  better tidings, however  I hope that this information is a kind of band aid.

Obviously, finding  a real work  is like winning the Florida Lottery, but  realistically speaking, the chances  for us..... mortals... to do so, is very small indeed!

Very good luck with the painting and keep on looking!

Take care, and have a good week ahead.

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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.


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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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