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Nora, Expert in Fine & Decorative Arts: Renaissance through Contemporary
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i have print of XXXXX XXXXX Dancing Bear in Black and White

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i have print of XXXXX XXXXX Dancing Bear in Black and White i would like to more of history and value
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 3 years ago.
Hi There~

My name is Nora, and I am here to help with your question.

I would be happy to help you assess your artwork.

What is the size?

Would it be possible for you to send me 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.

If there is a toolbar with a paperclip icon showing on your board, then follow the steps on this link:


A super easy, fast method, which is free and no sign-in required is to go to:

1. Click "Computer".
2. Double click the image you want to upload.
3. Click "Start Upload".
4. When the image appears on your screen, just copy the link from that page and paste it on this page.

The address I need will look like this example:

I look forward to seeing the images.

Expert:  Nora replied 3 years ago.
Hi Gabriel,

Thank you for the images.

Has this been re-framed, or did you acquire this print image already in this frame?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes it has been reframed!

Expert:  Nora replied 3 years ago.
Hi Gabriel~

Thank you for confirming the re-framing.

This is an early 20th century photogravure print of the painting “Dancing Bear” by Frederick Morgan (1847 – 1927). The original late19th century painting was done in oil in full color. It is in a private anonymous collection.

Here is a short bio link about the artist for you:

A photogravure is a printing method using a photograph. Here is a link detailing the process:

In terms of subject, bear-baiting and dancing bears was popular for centuries in Europe. It was ‘common’ to come across people who entertained with a ‘trained’ bear. They would travel and put on the bear show for tips. This endearing image shows the kids running to their mom for safety upon seeing the bear.

Info for you on Dancing Bears:

Info for you on Bear-Baiting history:

Antique photogravure prints of paintings were popular decorative wall art pieces in the late 19th through 20th centuries. Today, collectors and decorators also gravitate towards these works as antique decorative wall art moreso than fine art collectors would for investment purposes.

For most buyers, the preference is for the antique print to be in its original frame.

On today’s market, an antique photogravure print of a Victorian painting in its original frame would sell for $150 - $300. Re-framed, the sale estimate would be $40 - $60 for the print alone, plus your cost for framing.

Feel free if you have further questions about your item.

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Expert:  Nora replied 3 years ago.
Hi Gabriel,

I am just checking in to see if you have any additional questions about your item?