|Description:||Two old etchings|
|Condition:||Very well maintained in new frames|
|Provenance:||purchaced at an auction for $45 each.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information and photos. The two individual artworks submitted for inquiry are original etchings that have been hand-signed in pencil by two different artists. I have researched both signatures for a match among listed artists and printmakers with the resources available to me and I am unable to definitely designate a listed artist as the creator of either etching that you possess. The scenes depicted in the etchings are the Rouen Cathedral, the Eleventh Century Cathedral located in Rouen, which is in Normandy, France. Rouen Cathedral is the site of Richard the Lionheart's tomb. The second etching appears to be an area in the medieval quarter of the city. The street may be near to the Gros Horlage Gateway, where Joan of Arc was executed. The cathedral and other sites within the historic city have attracted tourists and artists alike. As mentioned in previous correspondence with the present owner of the artworks, the artists names may read "Sarato" or "Sanato", "Boras" or "Bonas". The artists are accomplished printmakers who may be more well-known as regional artists rather than as artists who appear at auction or on the retail market at the present time. The prints may ave been prepared by the dry-point etching method and time period for completion of the etchings is around the mid 20th Century. The individual artists may have worked in various tourist areas with the intent of creating artworks for the tourist trade. The values stated within this appraisal are for the two individual artworks as one set. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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