Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.I will be pleased to help you.
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What is the size of your painting, not including the frame. Please do not remove from the frame.
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Is there any writing on the back?
Can you send a photo of the back of the framed painting?
Can you send me a photo of the framed painting? I am trying to determine age.
I need an actual photo of the back.
Are you able to send that?
There is no hurry.
Yes. Thank you.
Do you know what the writing on the back says?
The last part seems to say your painting is a copy of an original that hung in the Gallery of Old Paintings at Versailles.
What do you think?
You are very knowledgeable.
It is often easy to tell customers if their painting is not authenticate.
It is much harder, in fact, impossible, to authenticate online a painting as old as yours.
That is why I have asked all these questions.
I feel safe in saying that you should invest in having an appraiser examine your potentially valuable painting under magnifying glass and/or ultraviolet light in person.
Please tell me a large city near you to help me find an appraiser within driving distance of your home.
Are you in Australia?
I am in Southeast USA.
It may take me a while.
You may need to take your painting to an appraiser service that has ultraviolet capability.
I am very surprised Christie's did not take more interest.
I thank you for your continuing patience.
National Gallery in Dublin:
National Museum of Ireland:http://www.museum.ie/The-Collections
Art Experts Appraisal Services: See they will be in Ireland on right of this page.
The two museums may not offer authentication but perhaps they should be able to direct you to a service.
It appears the last contact does appraise. I think they are your best chance.
Otherwise, my advice is to crate it and take it to a service in England that one of the Dublin museums might suggest. You could take it to the Victoria & Albert. I am sure they offer the services you need. I would not ship it. I have seen paintings get damaged even in crates.
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