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Think I may have signed, original L Dunham Fabian oil 9x12

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Think I may have signed, original L Dunham Fabian oil 9x12 floral work. Vase on left side with yellow roses and purple lilacs(?) in foreground. Idea of value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Can you please send a clear image of the back side (do not remove from frame) and a clear, in-focus, extreme close-up so I can see areas of the painted surface.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pictures attached.
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


This is an embellished surface print reproduction of a painting by Lydia Dunham Fabian (1857 - 1947). If you look closely at the surface image, there is an underlying dot matrix pattern indicative of machine printing. In addition, another 'give-away' is the 9 x 12 size, as the original painting would have been significantly larger and the paper board backing - as a true canvas oil painting would not have a backing. The framing dates this to the 1920's. Oftentimes artists made extra income by granting publishing rights to their paintings to sell for commercial decorative wall art purposes. Her original still life paintings carry estimates of $800 - $1200 at auction. Your framed textured surface reproduction image of a painting measuring 9" x 12" has a high value of $40 on today's market.


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