Size of both is approx. 28" high by 24" wide. The artist signature appears to be R. Demarck
Inherited from my mother who owned them for at least 50 years.
The appraised works are a pair of oil on canvas, or possibly board, maritime paintings, likely executed in the early 20th century. Both paintings are signed at lower right, but Mearto specialists were unable to confirm the artist. The works depict several boats docked in the foreground with a hazy landscape visible in the background. The paintings are each executed in a loose, impressionistic style with large, gestural brushstrokes and a thick, impasto-like paint application. Martime paintings are considered a ‘classic’ collecting area within Americana, with ship portraits, harbor views, and dramatic ship battles making up the bulk of the category. Nautical subjects executed by well known artists tend to sell well among collectors, who usually are interested in martitime history, particularly in the US. The estimate provided is based on comparables recently offered and sold at auction. The subject works’ size, medium, and stylistic characteristics were taken into consideration when establishing the estimate. In many cases, pricing for similar examples available on the primary (retail) market vary, and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples. The estimate above is for the set.