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Nora, Expert in Fine and Decorative Arts: Renaissance through Contemporary
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I have some old original etchings and have had them so I

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I have some old original etchings and have had them so long I don't remember the artist and am having a hard time reading his name. I think it might say fonte or something close to that. I've seen similar on some websites. I'm going to attach a picture
of the etchings and a close up of the signature. Can you give me the name of the artist and an approximate value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


The attached images are only opening up to miniature size (1 cm x 1cm) and cannot be enlarged or zoomed.

Please re-send larger images at your convenience.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm attaching what I hope are larger pictures. One picture has all three etchings, another is of the larger etching and the last one is a close up of the signature. I so appreciate your help
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the images they are larger and I am able to zoom. However I will need to see a more clear, in-focus close-up image of the signature so that I can decipher it for you.

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.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nora, I will ask my granddaughter to come do it tomorrow. I'll send it to you then.
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Anytime is fine :)

Customer: replied 1 year ago. the password ***** moocow
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


I am not able to decipher the signature on this print.

I can provide an estimate of value based on comparables


I can opt-out and open your question again to all the experts at no additional fee. Opening the question is not a guarantee that you will receive a response.

Please let me know how you would like to proceed.



Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nora, can you do both? Can you provide an estimate based on comparables and open my question of the artist signature up to other experts?
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Your signed original framed etching of a gateway entrance to a town likely in Europe were sold through decorator stores in the US in the 1930's. On today's market, these sell for a high average of $30 - $60.