Question I recently purchase an old picture It seems to be an original print of some type ,it is all in blue and white after taking it apart to clean the glass I found under the picture in bigger letters Canal in Holland below that in smaller letters the words decoration for a placque in the delft style , also below this the words colored supplement to the art interchange New York then on the back of this very old print the mane Ms Van Hatten 144 west in pencil all of the components print backing and frame and glass appear to all be about the same age. the original wood back has split and the dark line across the back of this print appears to coincide with this line indicating that this is the original frame and backing this print put in ,there is also an early original label for a framing place called the music and art rooms in utica NY .This print is about 12x15 I am guessing as it is back in the frame at this writing the matting around this print is also blue it has been painted blue by hand it is not blue paper. the blue in this print is a rather inky color, The entire print seems to be very well done, and is in good condition however it appears early on that it was glued before framing fiber type board. Does this have any value and do you have any ideas who the artist may be It almost looks as if the artist put a initial in the lower rt corner unsure if this is an initial or part of the painting .
Answer Patricia--your finding letters under the picture suggests that it is an offset lithograph print--in other words, a reproduction. That would make its value minimal, except for the aesthetic pleasure it gives you, which has always been enough for me. No way for me to identify the artist. Enjoy it! 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.
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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