This is a nineteenth century European painting facsimile, consisting of hand coloring over a photo-mechanical print, the finished product quite convincing and possessing considerable decorative value. The work measures 10" by 7 3/4" (16" by 13" framed). The name of the artist who created the original painting from which this was derived appears in red at lower right, the name "Marqueta" or similar. These facsimiles of oil paintings can fool even some gallery and auction house personnel if they are careless. Many are brought into auction houses for evaluation by expectant owners who are quite deflated and disappointed to learn that the family heirloom is actually a print and not a painting. The term "oilette" has been used to refer to such works. Properly identified as is this example, they are quite collectable and offer decorative appeal. This one is generally in good condition. The frame shows some wear. Someone wrote on the backing the name of the artist, "Benezit" (the famed multi-volume classic French artists dictionary which was a common reference before the internet and the information explosion era), and a "value" of $700-900.
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