Dutch painting is ‘charming’
. This painting has been in the family for at least 60 years. It is on canvas that measures 49 by 59 centimetres (19 by 23 inches). The original frame has a plaque with the artist’s name: H.A. Dievenbach. The scene is of a mother with two daughters — one sitting at a table with blocks and the other watching with a pull-toy behind her. There’s also a coffee grinder on a cupboard and a weight-driven wall clock. Can you enlighten us about the age, artist and value? Paul, Ottawa
. Loosely based on the earlier interior genre scenes by renowned Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer of two centuries earlier, Hendricus Anthonius (1872-1946), of the Netherlands, painted several scenes of this same family in various poses in the same room by a window — filling a demand for “Vermeerlike” paintings.
This painting was done around 1900, but today demand for them has waned and only the very best artists and paintings bring prices over the thousand-dollar mark. Your painting falls below this mark at $850.
Regardless, it remains a charming piece of art.
I was drawn to buy this beautiful plate at an antique mall for $45. The wavy edge and colour remind me of a pie crust. The thistle flowers and leaves are all outlined with raised gold. The back stamps are “Doulton Burslem England,” a long number and, sadly, a person’s name on adhesive tape. It’s 23 centimetres in diameter (nine inches). I’d love to know its story. Mary, Montreal
. The Doulton company had factories in Lambeth and Burslem as well as the very best talented artists in both locations. Your cabinet plate with its tan palette and matte finish was an expensive, fashionable line — other competing companies produced similar lines. The design was registered in 1888, and the plate was actually made with that design during the 1890s. The exquisite artistry is amazing, especially with the intentionally faint background flowers in blue and pink, which give a three-dimensional feel to the bouquets. Again, sadly, wonderful collections of these wares have been built in years past with no one continuing the tradition today except with single, expensive accent pieces. You have a treasure that will evoke pleasurable dividends for years to come.
. I recently acquired this piece at a thrift store auction for $75. It is a large fruit bowl, 12.7 centimetres tall (five inches) with a diameter of 33.5 cm (13.25 inches).
The bowl has a floral pattern of carved glass overlay over frosted glass — possibly called cameo art glass. It has no markings that I can find. I would be interested to find out when it was made, by whom and what value it may have. It is a very beautiful bowl. Trish, Kitchener
. Indeed, you do have a vibrant piece of cameo glass. The carving was done using a protective stencil and hydrofluoric fumes. It was popularized by the great French glass artisan Émile Gallé around 1902.
Flora, like your bowl with anemones, was a favourite subject. You will find that most antique cameo glass will have a cameo signature.
Yours is possibly Bohemian, from the 1960s, since the quality is very good but not quite as fine as antique pieces. It also has a polished pontil — a sign of a more expensive production — usually only found on earlier pieces. There have been many Asian productions in more recent times that are simply poor quality. You did well, and the striking colours of your auction windfall should double your money to $150.
John Sewell is an antiques and fine art appraiser. To submit an item to this column, go to the Contact John page at www.johnsewellantiques.ca. Please measure your piece, say when and how you got it, what you paid and list any identifying marks. A high-resolution jpeg must also be included. (Only email submissions accepted.) Appraisal values are estimates only.