Ask AT: Long oil worth $600; Vases’ design and marks hint to Austrian origin

Oswald P. Long oil on canvas
Oswald P. Long oil on canvas Oswald P. Long oil on canvas

Long oil on canvas may bring $600

Q The enclosed photographs are of an oil painting I purchased years ago. It measures 15 1/2 inches tall by 19 1/2 inches wide. I have been unable to find anything about either the artist – Oswald P. Long – or the value of this painting. I would appreciate anything you could tell me about this painting or its value. just answer antiques appraisals
– J.M.M., Warren, Mich.

A Your landscape painting that depicts a woman doing her chores is European in origin and is either Dutch or German. The frame dates it circa 1890-1900. It has applied composition gesso ornamentation on the outer edges of the frame with gold gilding that is directly applied to the wood. The artist , I researched in several places including online and in my Benezit 2006 English Version Books. He is what is known as an unlisted artist. I would estimate at auction that your piece could bring between $400 and  $600.

Victorian mantle vases

Q These are two mantel vases, a Victorian man on the left, with a bird in hand, gesturing to a surprised young girl with a box on her lap. These figures are white, placed in front of gold-toned vases shaped like acanthus leaves. A pattern No. 7499 is under the base. The vases are each 12 inches high. They seem very well made. Can you tell me their maker, their age and value? Do they have a market? Thank you for any consideration. – A.M.M., London, Ohio

A Your pair of hard-paste porcelain Rococo Revival style vases are circa 1840-1870. They are European is origin. The high quality of the hard paste porcelain bisque figurines and the heavy ornamentation details of the acanthus leaves leads me to believe that they were made in Austria. I would attribute them to the Carlsbad China Co. due to the number stamp on the bottom. At auction, I would estimate that your pair of vases could bring between $200 and $400.

A look at the Rococo Revival furniture style

Rococo Revival, 1845-1870: This design style features the use of scrolls, either in a “C” shape or the more fluid “S” shape. Carved decoration in the form of scallop shells, leaves and flowers, particularly roses and acanthus, further add to the ornamentation of this style of furniture. Legs and feet of this form are cabriole or scrolling. Other than what might be needed structurally, it is often difficult to find a straight element in Rococo Revival furniture. The use of marble for tabletops was quite popular, but expect to find the corners shaped to conform to the overall scrolling form. To accomplish all this carving, walnut, rosewood and mahogany were common choices. When lesser woods were used, they were often painted to reflect these more expensive woods. Some cast-iron elements can be found on furniture from this period, especially if it was cast as scrolls. The style began in France and England but eventually migrated to America, where it evolved into two other furniture styles: Naturalistic and Renaissance Revival.

From “Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2012.” Available online at or by calling 800-258-0929.

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