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Hi Daniel,  While trying to identify Alex Androis we came across a email between you and "Brittany" in which you also said that you could not find anything under this name.  We have a painting that my husband's aunt left to him in her will.  She passed away in 1970 (a very wealthy woman with many expensive possessions) at the age of 96.  It seems odd that a woman of her wealth would have a only a print of a musketeer hanging on the walls of her Plum Island, Newpuryport, MA estate.  Do you have any updated information on this artist?  His name is definately Alex Androis-with the signature in the top right corner of the painting.  Please respond at your earliest convenience.  Thank you very much.

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Dear Debi & Paul, It seems that neither you nor Brittany are accomplished at reading signatures. The artist is Alexis de Andreis (Fr. 19th/20th century), who specialized in Cavaliers. In the past his paintings sold for $500 to $3,500, however lately this is not a popular subject. In your inquiry you refer to it as a painting and then refer to it as a print. As a print it would have little value.
regards,
Dan
It seems someone else got to her artwork first.

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Daniel A. Hynes

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Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.

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35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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