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I have inherited two paintings that I believe are very old and I am
curious about who painted them and if they might be valuable.  
Both appear to be oil on canvas and I have pictures I could email.

The first is 9x20, unsigned.  It appears to have had a frame built
around the original canvas and the joints look very old with bits
of wood wedged in the corners, nails too, no staples.  It has
flowers (pansies I think) on a dark background.

The second is 14x20 signed G.Y.Strauss-'77, or that might be
G.V.Strauss and the numbers could be '99.  It is oil on some kind
of board, not a flexible canvas.  It looks dirty, but when well lit
you can see a beautiful landscape of a countryside fence, rolling
hills, maybe a daybreak.  There is a small farmhouse at the end
of the fence but it is not the focal point.  The frame is also very
old, brown paper across the back is brittle.

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Dear Melanie, You can attach jpg images and send them to my email pirround@msn.com
Images of the front, the back, and close-ups of the paint surface and/or signature, and close-ups of any inscriptions or labels would be best. Please keep the images a reasonable size, and make your subject line "allexperts" so I do not bounce you as spam.
Cordially,
Dan

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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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