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Too much dam­age

Fanny Jou­bert of Bal­lito writes Would you be able to give an ap­prox­i­mate value of this paint­ing? The frame is quite dam­aged and there is a small tear in the can­vas. Kayleen Wrigley of Stephan Welz & Co.

replies This paint­ing most likely dates back to the 1930s. It was dur­ing this time that Ro­manelli painted ex­ten­sively for the ex­port mar­ket, por­tray­ing quaint Ital­ian land­scapes and por­traits. Un­for­tu­nately, this work has suf­fered some dam­age and would need a con­sid­er­able amount of restora­tive treat­ment. In good con­di­tion, how­ever, the work could fetch up to R8 000. CIRCA 1930s VALUE R2 000

A love of land­scape

Kathy Lin­den of Benoni writes I’d like to know more about this paint­ing; is it valu­able?

Kayleen replies This work by Piet van Em­me­nis ap­pears to have been painted in the ver­dant Over­berg foothills with aloes and a beau­ti­ful moun­tain­ous land­scape in the back­ground. Van Em­me­nis was pre­dom­i­nantly a land­scape pain­ter who found in­spi­ra­tion in the vary­ing scenes South Africa has to of­fer. At auc­tion we would ex­pect this work to fetch be­tween R3 000 and R5 000, although his art has achieved prices as high as R10 000 in the past. CIRCA 1940s VALUE R3 000 – R5 000 CON­TACT stephan­

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