HI, I BOUGHT TWO MARINO WATERCOLOURS AT A HOUSE CLEARANCE SALE FEW YEARS AGO IN FRANCE. BOTH WERE PURCHASED WITHOUT ANY PROVENANCE. AS THEY WERE NOT TOO EXPENSIVE, I ASSUMED THEY WERE COPIES. WHILE REFRAMING BOTH LAST WEEK, I DISCOVERED GALLERY STAMPS ON THE BACK! I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND BOTH IN ANY CATALOGUE OF MARINOS WORKS.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT THESE ARE ORIGINALS? HOW CAN I GET THEM AUTHENTICATED?
Dear Lawson, That is a very common Italian first name, maybe you would like to send images ?
If you would like to send jpeg images to me please keep each image of a reasonable size (not too large), and send them as “attachments”, do not embed them in your email. If you are looking for identification or opinion regarding your painting best would be an image of the front (just the painting, don’t include your lovely living room or pick-up truck), the back, and remove any paper covering (90% of respondents do not send me images of the back, I can obtain nearly as much information from the back as from the front), and close-ups of the signature, details of the brush-work, and any inscriptions or labels (use the macro setting on your camera for these close-ups). You can send this information to my email at email@example.com and make your subject line “allexperts” so I do not bounce you as spam. It would be nice to receive feedback as I do this on my own time with no remuneration, free, no charge, nada. I do NOT research prints or artwork post-1940 (in other words if it does not look like your grandfather or great-grandfather would have owned it, don't proceed).