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Thank you for the additional photos. I appreciate your patience.
I still am having great difficulty discerning the artist.
Are there other signature examples that you can send?
Several examples might help.
Let me see what I can do using the subject matter.
I have searched through dozens of artists with names similar to Clet and Clef. None fit the style of your lithographs.
I then tried "castle lithograph" looking through thousands of images.
I am afraid I must admit failure.
Is there any writing on the back of your lithographs?
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How many prints are in the set that you have and what is the approximate size of each?
Thank you for the dimensions. There is only one full image of one print of the three showing here on my end (all the signatures photos are showing too). It is of the fortified castle wall with towers. Please add an image of the other two at your convenience.
Thank you for the images. Please allow me some time to look these over for you.
Thank you for the images and for your patience.
To start and to clarify, these are not lithographs. Lithographs are generally mass produced, usually, but not always in color and machine produced. What you are have are original etched prints. They were produced in a studio, by hand and not a machine. One can discern an original etching by the platemark in that paper. A platemark is the indentation in the paper surrounding the printed image. An etching is first executed by 'carving' the picture with a metal stylus into a metal plate. Then the plate is inked and pressed into the paper which transfers the ink and causes the indent or platemark.
Your prints date to likely around 1905 - 1915 and not later than 1930.
There are various reasons for numerals on the sheet; they could be potential page numbers for a planned book publication or catalogue entry numbers from a dealer or collector. The handwritten numbers do not have impact on the value of the prints themselves.
Unfortunately, which is commonly the case, your etchings are illegibly signed. This is typical in the print market and valuations are based on comparables.
On today's market, a framed 6x9" image can sell for $30 - $70 per image.
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