1847 Petrus van Schendel Painting
Well, this was from my grandmother's house and, uh, she gave it to me. I always enjoyed it as a child. I enjoyed looking at the details so I've always loved it. But I don't know where she got it.
Do you know anything about the artist?
No, I don't.
Alright. This is an artist by the name of Petrus van Schendel. And there was a school in Holland and in Belgium-- that's where he was born, in Belgium-- and it was sort of like the "candlelight school," and they were all followers of an artist by the name of Georges de La Tour, who was a French Artist, 17th-century French artist. He happens to be the best of that whole school. And he was very influential. Rosatier is one of the other ones. He's in the Rijksmuseum; he's in the museum at Stuttgart; Munich, many museums. This happens to be one of the best examples I've seen. Some of the better examples are market scenes-- candlelit market scenes-- but this is a beautiful interior and it's signed and dated on here 1847. I value this painting at a minimum of $25,000. It could go as high as $40,000 to $50,000. It's a magnificent work and you're very lucky to have it. The condition is superb because a lot of these paintings-- people... they get dirty and people take them to the wrong restorer and when they do that, they take off the surface varnish. This is several layers of varnish. You look surprised. (chuckling) Well, it's like winning the lottery, as you know.
So, at any rate, great painting. You don't want to...
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Oh, no. They'd better not.
Oh yeah, yeah. That's good.
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