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Alan, Thank you for your fast and helpful reply. I would ask if you could confirm the size of the pieces sold in Florida as, following up on your reply, the information I found indicates they were both 12x16 ins or quite a bit smaller (rather than larger) than the one I have. Also can you tell me what year the artist died, I presume he was Italian.
Sincerely, Barrie
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I have a framed painting (oil on canvas glued to board). The canvas measures 29ins wide by 22ins high. The painting is a rural scene of a shepherdess driving a flock of sheep away from the viewer down a tree-lined lane towards an open meadow with hills and a sunset in the background. The painting has a signature C Ciappa in the bottom right hand corner. The painting is in excellent condition although there is some slight warping of the board and the brown paper backing is torn. I can provide images of the painting and signature to help identify it.
I would appreciate any information on the artist, authenticity, and value you may be able to give me.
Thank you, sincerely, Barrie "

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Barrie--a Carlo Ciappa [late 19th and 20th century artist] often signed his work "C. Ciappa."  And he frequently painted on canvas board.  Two of his pieces sold at a small auction house in St. Petersburg, Florida in March 2006, both larger than yours.  One sold for $100, the other $325.  Last December, a piece sold in Italy for $1,000.  If you are interested in selling it, you could contact Sotheby's or Christie's.  Alan Klevit.

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Barrie--you are right.  My resource is in Paris and gave info. in centimeters.  The 3 pieces were 20x15, 13x16 and 12x16, the best price by far going to the smallest piece, as size is only one factor in price--quality/desirability are more important.  Can't find when he died.  Good luck.  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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