French Landscape Painting, ca. 1840
We went to Italy in 1970 and rented a chalet from a Swiss woman who proceeded to tell us that she wanted to make us a gift of this painting. And we realized that her idea of gift and our idea of gift were a little different. My husband can't remember whether he paid $200 for it or $300.
He's a French artist, and I don't know what your painting was doing in Italy. It's a nice scene of the countryside, and I'm wondering if this isn't the outskirts of Paris. You're looking at a painting that's probably worth about $3,000, $4,000...
...and about, oh, a $500 to $1,000 frame on it, so probably about a $4,000 thing.
Oh, how am I going to get it home? (laughs)
Well, I think you've got a very nice... Your husband did very well on that one.
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