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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I am looking for some assistance identifying and appraising my oil painting. How can upload pics? Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

You can use the paper clip found in the toolbar in your reply box.

An explanation of this method can be found here:

Or if you prefer, you can use the free internet photo site

I look forward to seeing your photos.

Kind regards, Doris.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the photo.

Please send me the dimensions of your painting..

Kind regards,

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.
Please also tell me what you think the signature that you can see is.

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris, it looks like Victor Harking or Marking. I can't ell. I had hoped you would know. Paing is large, approc 6 feet x 5 feet. Thanks.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

I have looked up Marking and Martinez but the styles of painting were not right.

Let me look up artist's names that start with an ."H." Your artist is not a major artist.

Kind regards,

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.
I have looked through 6 artists databases. I cannot find your artist.

I can value your painting as being by an unlisted artist or I can release your question so that another expert can perhaps find your artist.

What would you like for me to do?

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please give to another expert and see what they can come up with. Thank you. What would you suggest the value to be?
The painting is 46x46 there is a title in pencil on back Poppies in Red.
Let me know thank you.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.
I'd rather not guess the value.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find an accurate answer to your question.
I am going to release your question (opt-out) so that if another professional knows the answer, he/she can help you.
I will not be able to respond to your questions once I opt-out.
I hope you find the answer to your question.
Kind regards,
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thank you.
Expert:  rarewares replied 1 year ago.
Hello,Your painting is by Victor Martinez as the signature reads and is in the abstract expressionist style. This is not a listed artist, so the most likely deduction is that this was painted by an amateur artist that is from the region where you bought it rather than a professional studio artist of international acclaim. Large, abstract expressionist pieces by an unknown artist would have a value of $350.00-$500.00.

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