Lithograph on paper, the image 8 1/2" by 7 3/4", the sheet 12 1/2" by 9 3/4", and 15 1/2" by 12 1/2" as framed, titled at lower left "Old Curiosity Shops, New York", and signed at lower right by the listed artist, generally associated with California impressionist works, EUGENE FRANDZEN (1893-1972). Frandzen was born in San Diego but drifted east in steps, studying first at the Art Institute of Chicago, and then later doing commercial work in New York and studing at Art Students League and Grand Central with illustrators Dean Cornwell and Pruett Carter. I imagine this work would have been executed sometime in the period between about 1930 and the late 1940's. Condition is excellent inside the image, corresponding roughly to the present mat....however there is discolored tape at corners, mat browning, a tiny shallow depression I hesitate to call a pinhole near the title, and somewhat irregularly cut sheet edges. If you're interested in simply the image and signature/title, then you can easily place a fresh mat on this and you could even keep the present simple, inexpensive wood framing. See a painting of a desert landscape by the artist in my shop.
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