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Rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I have a old painting of a white horse head. Would like to

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I have a old painting of a white horse head. Would like to know if it is worth anything.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi There~
My name is ***** ***** I am here to help with your question.
What is the size?
At your convenience, please send photos.
A complete image of the artwork including frame both front and back (do not remove from frame), a clear in-focus close-up of the signature, and a close-up of the surface so I can see the texture will be ideal.
When taking a clear close-up try using the macro function on your camera. It looks like a small flower icon. This will allow sharper focus at a closer-range.
There may be an +Add Files button or if there is a toolbar with a paperclip icon showing on your board, then follow the steps on this link:
I look forward to seeing the images. If you are unable to send photos right away, that is fine – there is not a time limit here.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
24 x 17 or 18 very poor condition. It has no signature but does have initials. Looks like R I. This painting has been in our family for I know 90 years maybe more.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi, Thank you for the additional information. Only one photos of the backside it attached. Please send the other requested images at your convenience. ~Nora
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Did u get front of painting
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Yes, thank you.
Is this framed under glass?
In order for me to properly assess this online for you I will really need to see more higher resolution images and close-ups of the surface so I can see the texture and the signature.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes it is under glass u said do not remove from frame. The frame is in bad shape but I can take it out if need be.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hello, Do not remove from frame, it is not necessary. Please send requested higher resolution images at your convenience. Thank youNora
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry to late I don't know how to send a better picture.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
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I do hope you find the information that you seek.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Rarewares replied 2 years ago.
Hello,Your painting is a watercolor that was done circa 1930 based on the paper and the frame. It is not a professional artist's work and was painted by a student or amateur artist. This is a copy of a painting by Heinrich Sperling (German, 1844-1924) that hangs in a museum in Norfolk, England. Your painting has some water spots where moisture has gotten in and bled the paint. Also, the backing of wood or cardboard has acids that discolored the paper over time. This painting has a current value of $40.00.