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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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Thank you in advance for helping me identify this painting. I just purchased it at a local auction because I fell in love with it at first site. I am very inexperienced with paintings and really only pay attention to the ones that catch my eye. I was finally able to upload a picture, but I will leave my description as the photo is very small.
For starters, it is in it's original frame which had paper backing over the back of the canvas. There are nails surrounding the back of the painting holding it in place with the frame. One can tell it's never been removed. I wish I could date how old it is, but I have no clue. The painting surrounds 2 women which I would say are dressed in kind of "Victorian style" dresses. The lady sitting down is it a light colored green dress. Fairly low cut with short sleeves that turn in to lace and end a little past the elbow. This lady is also playing a harp which is slightly tilted back on her right shoulder. The woman's face is breathtaking with a solemn, peaceful expression and very youthful but oldest of the two. Her hair is pulled/pinned back to flow down her back (this you can't see, but can imagine it's beauty). Underneath this part of the painting is excellent reflection of her dress and harp, it's as if she is sitting on a mirror. The second woman in the painting is standing behind her, sporting the same style of dress with a couple differences. Her dress is gold in color, low cut with lace above the breasts and what appears to be a broach in the center. Her dress is also "off the shoulders" and her arms are placed in front of her hanging elegantly, meeting at the hands. Her hair is also pulled/pinned back to reveal her beautiful face which appears to be younger than the other woman, but equally as breathtaking. They are both in front of a full "floor to ceiling" paned window with what appears to be a turquoise drape pinned back to allow the sunshine through. This is also giving the mirror effect throughout the room as further away from the window the mirror effect fades. On the right of the drapes is where the painting actually begins. There is what appears to be a statue of some type of soldier/guard (not sure as there is only part of him painted) standing atop of a waist high piece of furniture. The left of the drapes is the corner of the room where the wall is painted in what I would call a dirty white or an ivory color ( I haven't seen this color before so it's hard to describe). The first thing on the wall is a gold candelabra with 4 white candles. Next to this is a painting which has no theme but only shadowing, this is followed by the matching candelabra. Below the painting and directly behind the ladies is what appears to be a Victorian styled wall-table. It too is waist high when comparing it's size to the lady standing. Only 3 quarters is shown as it is behind the women and it sports a small vase. The only detail that stands out is the front leg that is shown which curves out then back in then out again at the base. (I really don't know if this is "Victorian style" furniture, but that is what I call it ~ I could be totally wrong about this) Just past the last candelabra appears to be another corner and the split in the room goes from floor to ceiling. Along the next wall is a massive fireplace with mantle. The fire is not lit, but has a few pieces of wood in the stand. The mantle is the same color of the walls with the exception of the brick surrounding the opening of the fire place. The mantle has a brilliant, single candelabra with a white candle. ( I say brilliant because it appears to be silver and it actually appears to be shinning due to the sunlight). In the middle of the mantle is a clock that appears to be either at 10:40 or 4:50ish. ( I would say appearing in to this painting one would loose track of time anyway and timing would be totally irrelevant) Above the clock/mantle is another wall painting that is oval, but framed in a rectangular frame. I can only see the base of the painting and can not see any objects, just the fact that it's a painting of some sort. In front of the fireplace, towards the middle of the room, and also the end of the painting from the left side, is a small, round stand-table that has a group of white flowers in a vase with many of it's green leaves showing. Beside the flowers, is what appears to be some sort of "tea pitcher" (I may be wrong on this detail also, as I'm not sure what it is, but it does resemble a very old, hot tea server). It is a mix of blue/gray in color. Directly beside this is a small box. I have no idea what it is, but it is a brighter blue in color. In today's world it resembles a plain blue pack of cigarettes, but I'm sure that's not what it is. Maybe a matchbox or deck of cards??

I believe this is about every detail I can describe about the painting. The canvas measures 30" wide by 22" tall, not including the gold frame that appears to have been built around it. It is quite hefty with being around 20 lbs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me. If you would like a picture emailed to you, let me know and I would be happy to do this. I am anxious to know the history behind this painting and wish I knew more about it. There is a signature at the bottom right, but appears so faint I can't be 100% sure of any letters. It almost looks like a capital G at the start and maybe a capital H somewhere at the start of the last name, but this is just speculating and is probably wrong...

Thanks again for reading this is and offering to help with this mystery, I truly appreciate any help you may offer.

Take Care,
~Michelle~
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 12:39 AM   #2
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I have just read your posting about a painting with two ladies and a harp along with a picture of your painting. I have a painting just like it except mine appears to be painted on a textured 'board or cardboard'. The signature as you described it also appears in my painting. There is a brown paper wrap on the back with a name pencilled on it but the writing is difficult to decipher. It appears to be HARMEVEJ, then again, maybe not. Following is a notation of S-171. My husband and I purchased the painting from a neighbor while living about 10 miles outside of London, Kentucky some time between January 1978 and September 1979. We do not know how long the neighbor had the painting but he was real big on shopping flea markets and second-hand stores. I have spent some time trying to find to identify the painting myself.

Please contact me at raycockrum@embarqmail.com.
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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I also have this painting. The way the first lady described the painting is exactly waht mine looks like. I also looked at the attaced picture and the frame looks almost identical. Mine is a "replica" of the original. I understand it is a very popular painting. From what I have been told there are alot of replica's out there. The original, from what I have been told, is hard to find. I purchased mine from an Antique store in Nags Heads, NC. I'm not sure of the artisits name but the lady who sold it to me knows. I will call her and see if she can remember the name. When, and if I find out, I will let you guys know.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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Growing up my parents had this painting (I assume it was a replica) hanging in our dining room. It was destroyed years ago but I've never forgotten it. My siblings and I have tried to find it and/or have it identified as well but no luck. I'm anxious to see if anyone here finds the answers.

There is another painting, though, that always seemed to me to "go" with this one. Same time period, clothing, setting, etc. I cannot describe it in detail as I haven't seen it since I was a little girl and it belong to my great aunt who lived in another state. The women were at a piano instead of a harp. A grand, I believe - maybe a baby grand? One was playing, one was standing. Does anyone have a picture of that one by chance?

Thanks so much.
~thea
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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #5
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Thea, I'm trying to track down the artist and title of the painting with two ladies and a piano, too! One of our elderly neighbors has it on her wall, has had it for years and years and there is no information on the back of the picture. If you find out any of this info, please email me at
hiyosilver41@yahoo.com.
Thanks much!
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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #6
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Well I found this one quite interesting as I also remember this artist from when I was young. Could it be Frederic Mizen? http://www.ditlef.com/mizenteal.html

Nighty night....
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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #7
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Arrgh... forgot.... The OP's paintng is....drum roll.... "Harmony" by Gail Frank, however. the others may be Fredric Mizen.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 12:46 PM   #8
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Hi, Yeah! I too have this painting of the lady playing the harp and the girl standing behind her. It was given to me and my husband about 20 years ago. It belonged to his 94 year old grandmother who probably bought it in a yard sale. The name is there but unclear as to the print. Anyone find out anything else.. We are in Chesapeake, Ohio.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #9
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I too have this painting. It was given to my husband and I from his 94 year old grandmother, she states that she thought she bought it in a yard sale in Chesapeake Oh or that area of surrounding towns. We have had it for about 20yrs. and who knows how long she had it before giving it to us. We know nothing about it. The signature is too hard to make out. We don't know the age or if its a replica. or if its a watercolor or if its victorian or anything else for that matter. The lady playing the harp and a lady behind her is a beautiful piece. Love to know its history?
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Old March 9th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #10
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We have found that this painting is Gail Frank and It is called Harmony.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #11
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I was very happy to come across this thread tonight. I also have this painting and wanted to find out more about it. I would love to know more about the artist and this particular piece, but haven't located much at all online doing different searches. If anyone has any additional information, please post it. Thanks so much!!
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Old June 24th, 2009, 03:21 PM   #12
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The picture of the victorian lady sitting at the piano and the other standing behind her is titled "Reminiscing" by Frederic Mizen.

Some can be found on this site:
http://ditlef.com/mizenteal.html
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 09:33 AM   #13
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These beautiful prints of the ladies and the piano or harp are actual prints or lithographsthat were mass produced years ago. We hold estate auctions and we sold the piano print a few years ago. Now we have the harp print in a upcoming auction. You can see a photo of this framed print at brandonauctionsales.com. Click on pictures to view.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 12:46 PM   #14
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I have a painting with mary jesus john martha and joseph I found it in the garbage it is very very old I can not find out anything about it please help me, I am sorry if I have done wrong but not to good on computer yet Thank you.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #15
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I have this painting and it is Harmony by Gail Frank. The only way I figured it out was by looking up the artist M. Ditlef that is printed on a painting i thought may be by the same artist as the one you are talking about. That painting was titled Sonata, and then i looked at the other artists on the website and found Gail Frank and realized that painting is called Harmony. :]
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #16
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I replied to this a few minutes ago and I was examing both the paintings by Gail Frank & M. Ditlef. It is my understanding that Antonio Ditlef was related to M. Ditlef, or perhaps they were the same person. Anyways, I think Gail Frank was a relative, friend, or the same person. The paintings Harmony by Gail Frank & Sonata by M. Ditlef are in the same house. It may just be the same-style house, but I highly doubt this. The walls are the same color. The curtains are the same color. The fireplace is the same. The girls are wearing similiar dresses and even look the same. They also have the same hairstyle.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #17
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i just recently bought a 'Harmony' painting by Gail Frank too. Bought it at a flea market while visiting family in IN. I live in southern IL. I was wondering if any one knew the age of this painting ? I know it is real old. Mine had glass in front broke. But, painting is fine. Plan on replacing the glass to it.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #18
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I just recently purchased this same painting "Harmony" by Gail Frank. I bought it at a flea market. While visiting family in IN. I am from southern IL. although it had a broken glass to it. The painting was fine. We have plans on replacing the glass to it. But, was wondering if any one knew how old it is? I can tell it is very old.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #19
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The picture of the victorian lady sitting at the piano and the other standing behind her is titled "Reminiscing" by Frederic Mizen.

Some can be found on this site:
http://ditlef.com/mizenteal.html
I have this painting still in the frame and the glass. Not faded, or roughed up much; how much do you think it's worth??
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Old October 11th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #20
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Yes but does any one know how old it is or the value ?
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