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    I believe these date to the 1930s. Both need some restoration, personally I like the redheaded lady as is. The other with the lady sitting has had some pencil lines drawn all around the piece. The large HEFNER 32 IL - 2 (above and to the side of her head) I am not sure if it is a signature or something else all together. Other than Hefner on the verso painting I can not find any other signature. They were purchased from a seller in New York city a few years back. Any help with the artist or where I might look for more info would be appreciated.
    One more thing, there is a small oval brass tag (heavy patina) with the number 368862. No idea what it is for, but it is located on the back of frame. The paintig measures 24" x 30" frame not included. The support appears to be masonite and, the frame appears to be original. Thank you.
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    Could be the artist Ilse Hefner. My mother was painted by her when a teenager which would be 1950 ish and the style is the same. I am trying to find out which part of America she and her son Tomas or Thomas fled from the Nazis to.

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      Thank you for your comment. The spelling of the last names are different with this one being Hefner and for Ilse it is Hafner - Mode.

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        Looks like a signature on the lower left. The A. Hefner may be the sitter. Jorns...Johns or something similar. Not sure if there is a couple additional letters at the end or a date.

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