Kyle on Antiques: Original fortune teller painted with oil in 19th century – this is much later repro

Q In the June 1 issue of Antique Trader a painting by Harry Roseland was shown. I have a print signed by Harry Roseland that measures 27 1/2 inches by 18 inches. It is in very good condition. It is named The Fortune Teller. I would appreciate any info you can give me on the artist and value of the print.
—S.M., Hendersonville, N.C.

A You are correct that this print is based on a painting by Harry Roseland. Mr. Roseland worked in the late 19th century and often featured African-Americans in his works. The theme of this work, a pretty young white lady consulting an elderly black lady, was a popular theme in a number of his works. The original oil painting was done in full color so your example is shades of blue and white, would be a much later reproduction. If it wasn’t trimmed, there might be a copyright date along the bottom edge of the picture. If this print dates from the late 19th or early 20th century that value would be more than if it is a more modern copy. Depending on the condition, I suspect this piece might sell in the $150-$300 range.


Q I’ve had this painting a long time and am curious about it. I believe the artist is J. Perrine. I wonder if it is worth anything.
—W.S., Tampa, Fla.

A Your painting features a canal scene in Venice, Italy. I have not been able to find any information on an artist, “J. Perrine,” and from the general style of this piece I would guess that it was a commercially produced piece, probably dating after World War II. There are a great many of these sorts of paintings and they were generally sold in department stores or decorator shops. It’s a nice scene but as an original oil painting I’m afraid the value is quite modest, perhaps a couple hundred dollars, depending on the market in your area.

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