Portrait of a Young Woman


This is a sweetly intimate portrait of a young woman, oil on board, 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches, c. 1920, signed lower right, framed. John Califano grew up in Italy and began showing his work as a young man, winning a gold medal in Naples, Italy. In 1881 he emigrated to the United States where he lived for several years in Chicago before settling in California. He was known for his California landscapes as well as portraits and genre scenes and showed his work at the National Academy of Design, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ruin of an Abbey


Attributed to Thomas Sandby. Painting measures 6 7/8 x 10 inches. A beautifully detailed and verdant painting. Thomas Sandby was a draughtsman, watercolor artist, architect, and teacher. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768, along with his younger brother Paul, and was its first professor of architecture.

English Countryside


Attributed to Paul Sandby. Painting measures 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. 1800's. A vibrant and energetic painting despite the gray palette. Paul Sandby, the brother of Thomas Sandby, was an English engraver and painter. He began his artistic career as a landscape painter and draftsman for the Scottish military. As a printmaker, Sandby popularized the use of aquatint, and was considered to be the father of British watercolors. In 1768 the brothers were both among the twenty-eight of the original members of the Royal Academy.

Glorreiche Verangenheit! (Glorious Past!)


8 x 6 inch gouache painting on 12 1/2 x 10 inch paper. Signed in the lower right. From the collection of Dr. A. Falk, Munich. Circa 1920.

Inscription in German in pencil reads: "Wenn se Dir man blos nich erwischen - Justav!" "hab man Keene Angst ick Kenne den Rummel - ick war selba Polizeipra'sident'!" Which roughly translates to: "Don't get caught!" "Have no fear, I know the Head of Police!"

Summer Shadows


A lovely oil on canvas, c. 1905, measuring 15 x 12 inches, initials on the lower left corner of the painting,"A.T.S". Boston School early 20th century, with Boston canvas label on the back. (M)

Steeperton Tor and Taw Marsh Dartmoor


This is an original Gouache and watercolor painting by British artist Colton Robins. This painting is titled on the back, "Steeperton Tor and Taw Marsh" , Dartmoor. The painting is signed and dated 09 in the lower left corner. The image measures 4 3/4X7 inches. In the original frame and gold mat. The painting is in fine condition, the mat and frame should be replaced or at least rematted. This artist was well known for his studies of the Moors near Princetown.

Lake and Rocks


Attributed to Paul Sandby. c. 1783. Unsigned, artist name and title on back of old mat. A beautifully luminous painting. Image measures 5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches on 5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inch watercolor paper.

Still Life With Flowers


This pastel still life by Dexter Dawes measures 21 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches and is signed by the artist in the lower right corner. Dawes was born in Englewood, NJ and went on to study at New York City's Art Student League. He summered in Marlboro, NH surrounded by beautiful gardens with views of Mount Monadnock which became the inspiration for many of his lithographs and paintings. He belonged to a number of associations including the National Arts Club.

A Woodland Spring


This is a richly painted, atmospheric woodland scene by the New England artist Joseph H. Greenwood. Oil on board, 6 x 8 inches, 1898, signed and dated on the lower right. Greenwood started out as a factory worker and then a teacher and eventually became Worcester's most noted landscape painter who preferred to paint the natural beauty of rural New England's four seasons. He was influenced by his contemporaries, George Inness and Willard Metcalf and studied in the Boston area with R. Swain Gifford and John Appleton Brown. He exhibited in Boston, Providence, New York and the 1892 Chicago World's Fair. In 1926 his work was included in an exhibition titled "Selected Paintings by Modern Masters" along with artists George Inness, Bruce Crane and Dwight Tryon. This beautiful image comes housed in a period gilt frame measuring 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches.

Paris Nude study


This one is a mystery. We found it at a local antique shop. It is a fragment, an unstretched canvas, unsigned. It looks like someone cut this out of a frame in the distant past. We found on the back of the canvas a stamp from the art shop in Paris "Hardy Alan", their address on rue du Chert Midi was the address of the store up until 1907 when they moved to a different location. It was a very important artist supply where many of the leading artists of the period bought their paints and canvases. Those artists included, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Renoir, Fantin Latour and even Van Gogh. The look of this painting does suggest that it may be a study, or an unfinished work by an important artist. Its possible that the original signature was cut away when the piece was removed from the original wooden stretcher. The canvas measures 15X21 inches, it is in a nice period frame under glass. The frame dates back to the mid to late 19th century. The frame is missing some chips here and there. The painting has some wrinkles and scrapes but could easily be fixed or restretched. Everything is stable, the painting could use a light cleaning.. Having said that, in its current state it does look very fine.