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I have a signed water color from the Hertz Art Gallery

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I have a signed water color from the Hertz Art Gallery Lawrence, NY (pre zip code) phone CEdarhurst 9-1785. The artist signature looks like guilal. The scene is two women walking next to a canal bordered by tile roofed buildings, with a very decorative arched bridge as a prominent focal point in the center of the picture. Do you have information about the artist or this piece of art? (or value? ) Thank you for your help.

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I'm guessing at the signature. It either begins with a lowercase g or a lowercase q. There's no curve on the bottom of the stroke.

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Hello,
My name is ***** ***** I would love to help. The next step would be for me to see pictures of the art,
signatures if any and back of completed framing for any writing or labels.
Use the Add Files feature on your screen to add pictures one at a time.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hi, Sorry it took a while to upload the pics. Attached are images, as requested.
Pic 1_Framed.jpgPic 1_F...jpgPic 2_Close Up.jpgPic 2_C...jpgPic 3_Artist Signature.jpgPic 3_A...jpgPic 4_Gallery Sticker.jpgPic 4_G...jpg

I am unable to find a match for this artist's signature. I will opt-out and allow another expert to answer.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok. Thank you.
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Hello,

I will be happy to help with your work here.

Hertz Gallery was primarily a framing a decorative wall art shop, they did not handle works by up and coming nor listed artists.

This is an original watercolor painting with an illegible signature. Oftentimes, signatures were purposefully rendered illegible as the artist was not listed or they were sidewalk artist who sold mainly to the tourist trade.

The scene depicted is from Venice, Italy. The bridge that is the focal point in this scene is the famed Rialto Bridge that was completed in 1591. During World War II Hitler had commanded one of his generals to destroy the bridge. In a rare moment of 'heart' the general could not do it, as it was where he honeymooned with his wife. Thus, the bridge is still enjoyed by all who visit to this day.

Depending on the size and based on comparables, this could sell for $100 - $275 on today's market.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Nora, Thank you for evaluating it and thanks for the background story about the bridge! We really like the watercolor, and were simply curious if it had higher value beyond our admiration. We appreciate your thorough and prompt response.

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You are very welcome and my pleasure to be of help to you here.

In the meantime, if you could please take a moment to leave a rating for my services here by clicking the stars, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you!

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Thanks for the positive rating! Much Appreciated.

I would be happy to help you with any items in the future.

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