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I have a 24x36 painting circa 1910 cityscape with artist

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I have a 24x36 painting circa 1910 cityscape with artist fleur de lys. I have a low resolution photo and artist sig available in jpg.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
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I also need the medium - oils, watercolors, etc.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I believe this is oil on canvas 24x36
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

Do you think the signature you can see in person might be M. de Lys?

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't have a clue. Looks like a willow tree.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

Your artist is Maurice de Lys, a relatively unknown 20thC French artist.

The theme cityscape is very popular.

At auction your early 20thC painting would be $200-600 assuming condition.

The estimated retail value would be $1200-1800 depending on location.

If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -

The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to estimated retail try the following -

Try ads on sites such as

Some like where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small - 20 cents to list an item plus 3.5% of the final price.

Or list with no fees whatsoever:

A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Where would I find a reference to this artist, either online or in a library?
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

I could not found him in my books on 20thC artists.

I found him in on only one of the subscription-only online art sites.

There just is very little information about him available.

I wish I could be more specific.

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Expert:  Nora replied 4 months ago.


You have a vintage original painting that dates to the 3rd quarter of the 20th century, 1950’s - 1970’s.

It is by what is known as an unlisted artist, meaning one that does not sell at auction for fine art collector and investor purposes, but a painting that is more intended for decorative framed original wall art for the home, hotel or lobby setting. Oftentimes, the artist’s name that is on the painting is fictitious They were in decorator shops, furniture show room stores and department store furniture sections. This one is made to look like a tourist painting from Europe sold along the sidewalks by street artists in major cities such as Paris, Vienna, Rome and Cologne.

Your vintage framed oil painting would sell for $100 - $300 on today’s market. They do get offered for higher on online auction sites, but the realistic sales prices are lower than asking price. The suggested insurance, or replacement value is $400.

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