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American trompe-l’oeil painting collection beguiles bidders at DuMouchelles May 16-17

From Auction Central News – DETROIT, MI – Not just a trick of the eye, DuMouchelles’ sale on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 does include a private collection of a dozen American trompe-l’oeil paintings. The 12 oils come for sale from ‘a prominent Grosse Pointe Park collector of American art.’

Leading the lineup at $25,000-$35,000 is His Master’s Aim, a painting by the Italian American artist Frank Califano (1879-1939). Dated circa 1922, this composition of a violin, bow, and sheet music hanging on a door copied the celebrated work The Old Violin by William Michael Harnett, first sold at the 13th Cincinnati Industrial Exposition in 1886. His debt to the artist is shown by the letter pinned to the door, which is addressed to ‘WM Hamett.’ … Read More on Auction Central News

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