Engravings won’t bring much money, the statue is a copy


Q: I was referred to you by the Appleton Museum. Can you identify them? I can send more photos if you need them. Thank you for your time. —JL, Internet

A: The two images you refer to are engravings. The architectural engraving of a street scene is signed in the lower right margin, but the signature is not legible. At the bottom left in the margin is the number 27/300, indicating that your engraving is number 27 of the 300 that were produced. This type of scene depicting architectural subjects was produced by many artists across England and Europe during the latter half of the 19th century.

The other etching of a woman buying vegetables in an open-air market is quite clear. I can see the artist’s signature is Monika Heller Cole. There is no particular interest for collectors, but examples of his works can be found for sale on the Internet. An example was a purchase made by an individual in Germany at a market in Nuremberg from the artist. I could not determine if it is still working.

The first print is more desirable as it is a limited edition of 300 copies after which none will be produced. The Woman in the Market etching is an open print and can be produced in multiples. In general, the dollar values ​​of these types of engravings are quite low.

Copies of sculpted marble statues from the Roman and Greek periods in cast resin signed A. Santini have been produced for over 100 years.

Q: I’m interested in finding all the information I can about this statue. It is signed A. Santini near the base. We bought it in Europe in 1969. I attach a photo. Thank you. —BG, Internet

A: Copies of sculpted marble statues from the Roman and Greek periods in cast resin signed A. Santini have been produced for over 100 years. Although your example may have been new or old in 1969, there is still no particular interest for collectors. These resin cast copies can be found for sale on the internet usually at very affordable prices. They are often mistaken for the real thing by novice collectors looking for bargains.

Q: If the First City Bank block prints you reviewed in your March 12 column are available for sale, I’d be interested. As a director and significant shareholder of the bank, I was partly responsible for their acquisition.

Keep up the interesting and informative reporting! —JM, Internet

A: Thanks for the kind words. What an interesting coincidence. We have always treated letters from our readers as confidential. However, since it was so new, you could place a wish to buy ad near this column and maybe the owner of the print blocks will respond. Good luck.

— John Sikorski, with over 35 years of experience, is an Ocala-based antiques advisor, consultant and broker. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, c/o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or email [email protected]

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