Wow - it is not very often that a painting comes along from 1764 in such fine condition. This one is very finely detailed from the people (great facial features) to the buildings, even the little dog that is running to greet someone. We are not sure if it is a watercolor or a gouache, it is under glass and we chose not to take it apart. There is some glare to certain photographs taken but rest assured the quality of this work is outstanding. The colors are strong throughout this fabulous antique painting. In the lower left corner appears the following: J:Andreas WeFeermeyer Pinx. ve Eger 1764. The painting which appears to be on top of the matting measures 3 3/4" X 3 1/4", matte is 5" X 4". It is in an old period wood frame that is black with a little gold edge closest to the matte, frame measures 6 3/4" X 5 3/4". This is a must have for the collector of 18th century art. Here is a note we received from someone regarding this painting after they viewed it in our store: Your little painting shows an Austrian or German scene. From the way things are written on it, I can see why it has you confused. The first part of the signature, I believe, is a location & is written in Old German, which is why you've had a bit of a problem reading the letters. Instead of an "f," you'll find that you have 2 letters combined- it actually reads "st." "Andreas Westermeÿer," today, is a university and institute, which it may be meant to represent, although I cannot say when they actually opened their doors. ("Westermeÿer can also translate as "Westermeier.") The letter you are translating as a "J" could be a number, I just cannot see it well enough to decided. The remaining part of the phrase is a common Latin way of stating a signature that was used on art during this period & even continues through today. The "Pinx." stands for "Pinxit," meaning ""he or she painted it." Fully translated, then, you have a clear statement saying that a German artist named Eger painted your little scene. You may want to check on the possibility, then, that "Eger," is Georg Adam Eger (1727- 1808). If so, it is likely to be worth a very great good deal more than the amount for which you currently have it listed. Georg Eger was known for his animal paintings, which are quite desirable, so I'm sure you can find him listed. It may not be him, of course, but it'd certainly be well worth checking into. I feel I should note that the "Pinx." phrasing is most commonly used on etchings & engravings, so you'll want to be absolutely certain that this is an original work & not a painted print of some kind.