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Hi! I recently purchased 2 oil paintings at a thrift store that are both signed J. Bianchi in red and on the back of the canvas they both have the title of the painting and his signature in black paint. They are both scenes from Italy, the first marked "View of Mt. Vesuvius" from Posillipo- Naples Italy  J. Bianchi, and the second marked "On the Lake of Como."  Italy  J. Bianchi. Can you give me any information about this artist and what these pieces might be worth? Also, is there a way I can tell if they are original? The canvas is held in place by nails over a wooden form that has 2 small wafers of wood in each inside corner. There is a mark on each piece of the wood form that says ANCO BILT or possibly ANGO BILT inside an artist's palette and Glendale, N.Y. but I can't make out the rest. I hope that helps. Please let me know what you think and if you need to know anything else. Thanks! - Sherry

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Sherry--no reason to think that they are not original paintings.  I have never heard of the artist and none of his works appear in auctions in recent years.  My take on buying works by unknowns is that they are worth what enjoyment you get from them.  So enjoy.  Alan.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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