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Posted 6 years ago


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Old print of a Danish(?) windmill. It is in a big frame. Can't read the name of the artist. I know that prints aren't worth as much as the original, but you can tell it is old. Would this have any value at all? The print is huge.

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  1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Here's a start...
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    This person likes it even least they want more for it!
  3. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Voila ! Windmill Near Wijk !
  4. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    Thanks Savoychina1, that's really awesome!! I like that my print is sepia looking. Makes me think of Frankenstein for some reason lol
  5. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    You're welcome.

    Your s appears to have aline running down the right side. If that goes all the way around then it may be an engraving or lithograph. Is the signature in pencil?

    What is the size of the print area and the whole frame?

    Prints are deceptive...some are worth thousands!
  6. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    The line goes all the way around. And the words (title of picture and the artist name) appears to be a gray/blue writing. Looks like it could be pencil or ink. Not sure without opening frame. As for the size, not sure right now, I'll post the dimensions when I find my measuring tape LOL
  7. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    Framed area is 31" x 25" and picture area is 18 1/2" x 15 1/2"
  8. archives archives, 6 years ago
    Dear Jlennongrrl,
    Your print is a littlebit discolored due to sunlight etc.
    But this reproduction depicts something which is hanging very near my house: Your print is a reproduction of a 17th century painting by Jacob van Ruisdael, titled "The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede". (Wijk bij Duurstede is a small village in Holland). The original painting is hanging in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The original is painted around 1670, oil on canvas, measuring 32.7 "x 39.8".

    Dark clouds are gathering above this river landscape. The sunlight occasionally penetrates the clouds, casting a dramatic light upon the mill towering above all else. The buildings in the background are the castle and St Maarten's Church of Wijk-bij-Duurstede. The river in the foreground is the river Lek. Jacob van Ruisdael was one of the most famous painters of wind and water mills in the seventeenth century. This painting depicts an utterly Dutch landscape: flat, lots of water, sky and mills.
    We know from archive material that a clock was added to the tower in the background in 1668. Since a clock can be descried in painting, this picture is dated at around 1670.
    A pun has been made in this painting. In front of the mill there used to be a so-called 'Vrouwenpoort' or Women's Gate. Instead of painting the gate, Ruisdael has painted a group of women. He had also painted a man beside them, but later painted him out again.
    There is some discussion about the state of the weather in this painting. The threatening clouds do not correspond with other parts of the painting. For instance, the mill's sails indicate there is little wind. The sails on the boat are also slack, as though there is no wind. Yet the dark bank of clouds suggests a strong wind and that it will soon pour down with rain. It is quite probable that this painting will never be fathomed. Certainly Ruisdael did not paint this picture on the spot, since this was not common practice at the time. He made the painting in his studio, perhaps only then adding the dramatic clouds to the sky.
    (Thanks to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

    best, Archives
  9. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Archives...Is it possible that the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam authorized prints of this painting? Is it in the public domain? Rather than a print could this be an engraving? Thanks for your help.
  10. archives, 6 years ago
    Since the 1890's these kind of reproductions where printed in editions of thousands. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has no further interest in it. It's just an early "poster"form. You can buy these on flee markets in Holland for US$5.
  11. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Thanks. If thousands were printed then it must be in the public domain.

    Often I run into prints that are issued by a particular gallery and are "limited edition" prints by them. (I have a number of LE Renoir prints by the Barnes Museum). I was trying to detrmine if tis fit in that category but it doesn't).

    Art here is all over the place, my signed ERTE poster cost $7.99 at Goodwill.

    Sure enjoy your addition to the community.
  12. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    Still not sure. Looked closely with magnifying glass. Definitely totally done in sepia. No color whatsoever....doesn't appear faded. Thinking about trying to open the frame. Frame is made around picture. And there is a weird depression (the line) going all the way around the printed part. What is that?
  13. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Yours is more like this...
  14. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    Precisely, Savoychina. I'm gonna try to find out more about it. Have an antiques dealer interested now.
  15. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    It would be awesome if you could get good pictures of the writing.
  16. jlennongrrl jlennongrrl, 6 years ago
    That is the best picture I could get of the writing. One side has the artist name, the other side says "The Windmill." The speckles you see are actually on the glass on the inside...but I can't get the frame open to clean it. If I can find out that it's worth money, I'll have it preserved

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