Spanish painting rescued from dusty corner
Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Q: I am writing about an oil painting and some prints that I have that I need help assessing. I am hoping you can shed some light on them for me, and/or direct me to the appropriate experts in my area. I am interested in selling them. I live in northern Suwannee County, and do not know of any art or antique experts near me to help authenticate the works.
The first is an oil-on-canvas signed by Aguilar A. My research has led me to believe that it was painted by Jorge Aguilar Agon, a contemporary Spanish painter of some renown. I know he was born in 1936, perhaps in Barcelona, and he travels a lot and paints scenes of his travels. Many of his works have boats in them, as does the work I have. It looks like a Mediterranean seaport. I rescued the painting from a dusty pile in the corner of a thrift store, a shameful place for such a beautiful work of art! The painting measures 35 inches by 17, interior image, and the full frame is 39 inches by 21. Can you tell me anything about it?
— N.B.H., Live Oak
A: I believe the artist Agon is still painting. Recently, a number of his paintings were sold in the secondary market, selling in the $200 to $500 range. I discovered that Alexander Miles Gallery website handles his current works of art. You might contact them about your painting.
Q: While moving to Gainesville in June, I was killing time driving a U-haul, chasing radio stations, and came upon yours and it's great! I was amazed how you helped people with their old antiques. So right off the bat I thought of my great-grandfather's bedroom suit riding in the back of the U-haul that I was going to have to sell because of space when we got set up in Gainesville. I do not really know what I am doing, but I sure do not want to undersell it. I can tell you it was my great-grandfather's, he passed away in 1962 at 97. Then my grandmother used it, then my mother, and now it is mine. So I am sure it is well over 100 years old. The wheels are wood and looks like they used slotted screws on it, and the drawers are dovetailed. If you cannot help, can you tell me what to do?
— T.D., Internet
A: The bedroom set was made in America, likely close to 100 years ago, at least prior to World War II. The style is taken from late 18th century England. During the first three decades of the 20th century, the time your set was made, furniture manufacturers used their version of earlier period styles. Modernism was not yet accepted by the general public, so they used earlier periods for inspiration. I think it would be better kept and used by someone in the family, if wanted. Currently, furniture sets like yours sell at the bargain level, short of a lucky day.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.