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  • Trying to Value a Painting by California artist Anthony Quartuccio

    I recently purchased a large oil on canvas by California artist Anthony Quartuccio. Quartuccio, who came to America at age 7 (1922), and died in 2011, was famed for his paintings of California and the west. The few published auction house records I could find indicated a decent range for his California artwork, but the one I found is a very different painting. This one, entitled Sicilian Spring, is of his homeland, and shows a broad landscape bordering a bay, with a smoking Mt. Etna in the background. Apparently, he did very few paintings of scenes outside of California, which leads to my question about this painting. It is approximately 2 feet by 3 feet, nicely framed, clearly signed and with additional information written by the artist on the stretchers. My problem is I have been unable to find any of his paintings of Italy. I know that sometimes when an artist goes "off his turf", the value drops, because that's not what people expect. Other times, the value goes up for the same reason. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate any thoughts as to where I might search for other references for sold paintings by this artist. I could (and perhaps will) go the appraisal route, but would like to do some more legwork myself first. So thanks in advance for any and all ideas.
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    I have 5 of Tony's paintings, one of the Bay of Naples and one of Venice. Two were mountain scenes of California and one a flower in vase -he said I will have a one of a kind for his topics. Tony worked for me during the late 60's and early 70's while I worked at NASA Ames Research in Mountain View. The last time I had contact with him was just prior to his death. At that time his widow still lived in Paso Robles, CA. I also have a calendar he did for Orchard Supply in San Jose.

    John Wedekind

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    • #3
      John -- Thanks for the information. As I'm trying to downsize my collection a bit, if you know of anyone who might be interested in this painting, I'd appreciate your letting me know (I live east of Sacramento, up in the foothills). Many thanks.

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      • #4
        Having lived in California some time ago, I also own two of Quartuccio's paintings. One is a small 10 x 12 of "High Peak" and the other one, stored away somewhere, is of some observatory, with a starry night sky. Based on what I am reading above, he is not a collected artist. Or is he? -Scott

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        • #5
          Do you still have the painting, and can you tell me where the scene is located?

          - beth

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          • #6
            Beth -- Yes, I do still have the painting, and it is in nice condition (although a light cleaning would further enhance its appearance). As to where the scene is specifically, all I have to go on is what's written on the stretchers: "Mt. Etna -- Sicily -- Sicilian Spring. Quartuccio" and a date, which appears to be "75". Sorry I can't be more specific than that.

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            • #7
              We have a quuartuccio '91 titled The Loading Chute.

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              • #8
                I also have a piece of the cliffs at past Robles

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                • #9
                  I have 2 paintings he did on cardboard in 1939, he drew then for my mom....one is signed by him.....my mom went to school with him. I would like to know what those are worth

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                  • #10
                    My dad is moving so I “inherited” 6 Quartuccio paintings from him. 5 “Rabes Barn” pictures in various seasons ( 4 - 5x7 from 1970, 1 - ~18x24) and one of “Red Barn” (5x7 from 1970)

                    My dad worked with him at NASA Moffett Field.

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