Q: I received a lovely picture signed “Terone” from a friend about 15 years go. He and his wife had owned it since the 1940s. Can you tell me anything about the artist? Are his works valuable?
A: Alfred T. Terone (1913-1979) and his wife, Cecelia (1916-1999), graduated from New York University and moved to Chicago to work for Borin Art Products, airbrushing pictures that were then mass-produced as prints. The prints were backed with brown paper and mounted in wooden frames. Some of the couple’s work was used on old movie sets and some appeared on the TV show, “I Love Lucy.” In 1944 the Terones moved back to New York City, where they worked as commercial artists. Prints like yours sell for about $30 to $50 each in perfect condition.