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Stray Feathers

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This is a long shot: We bought four canvasses about 5x7 at a garage sale but have no idea who the artist is. They look maybe 19th century and I wondered if anyone reading might recognize a signature or style or location (Dutch-looking buildings). On the back of one is what looks like a very faded rubber stamp that is difficult to read, but in fluorescent light it might say "Made in Belg . . ." Are these just "tourist pieces"? Or should we get them appraised? We do not subscribe to any of the online pay sites; are there places to make a start for not a lot of money? We're in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Thanks for any insight.
 

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JFeig

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I would hazard a guess that they are tourist pieces. Note the strainer bars and the craftsmanship.
 

Gilder

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I hope you didn't pay a lot for this muffler. :)
 

prospero

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Potboilers. :D Attractive, but potboilers all the same.
 

simplymatted

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I had to look the term " potboilers " up. I learned a new word, thanks.
 
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prospero

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I like the term 'Potboiler'. :p

Basically, Something that is done purely to pay the bills rather than any lofty artistic ideal.

I've framed a lot of potboilers in my time. :rolleyes:
 

Stray Feathers

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Thanks to all for your input, which is about what I expected. For those concerned about our financial commitment, we paid a dollar each for the canvasses (Canadian dollars at that) and framed them with a new LJ moulding called Brighton. We'll enjoy them for a while at least but may sell them in the shop, since we are running out of walls at home.
 

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sandlot

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Maybe the intrinsic artist value is a mystery..the decorator value has been increased greatly by your framing.
 
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