Is this an unknown Pierre Duteurtre painting???
Can I possibly own an UNKNOWN original Duteurtre oil painting entitled 'au cabaret'?
Please Advise! I have researched the French artist Pierre Duteurtre but I can not find ANYTHING about my newly acquired painting. I know very little about oil paintings, but I believe this might be a legitimate discovery.
The painting is 20" x 24". It is a scene of a young man and woman couple seated in a restaurant looking at a menu together. Behind them, the scenery of the restaurant walls and other people are less focused but still beautifully detailed. The young man is wearing a black or brownish suit and tie; the girl has long blond hair held up with a headband that matches her pale pastel blue/teal dress. She is fondling her necklace and there is a small corsage of pink flowers on the table. Guessing I'd say it is intended to be a scene from the 1940's maybe 1950's. It is signed in brown paint on bottom right, P. Duteurtre. The signature appears the same as other paintings I have seen. On the verso top left is his hand written signature with the title "AU CABARET." in all capital letters written underneath.
The style and overall impression appears the same to me as in his other paintings of women and girls.
I do not know proper terminology so bear with me! The canvas is 20" x 24", and stapled around a traditional simple wood frame, with an inner 2" frame of brown velvet, and set in an outer ornate woood picture frame in muted gold tones. It is not protected by glass and does not appear to have ever had brown paper backing on verso.
The staples appear old. The nails securing the framing appear old. The canvas edges are dusty suggesting age. The frame verso itself does NOT have any stamp of origination (most newer frames I've seen are stamped 'made in Mexico'). Outer edges of frame have some minor dents but nothing substantial.
The paint and canvas are in perfect condition... no paint chips, no scrapes, no creases, no dents, no tears, no stains, no apparent discoloration or fading.
I bought it at a small independent thrift store in a wealthy area of a major city. This particular shop does not research artwork or have appraisals. I say this because larger thrift stores with many locations have evaluation departments so valuable items aren't sold for pennies. Please don't dismiss my painting's potential based on where I got it... I have found paintings and lithos worth many hundreds of dollars at shops like this.
Please advise what other details to look for and what to do with it next. I am near Chicago, in case you wish to recommend an appraiser.