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Q I inherited two oil paintings by Stuart Sommerville. One has label on the back that says, ''A Muted Bunch.'' I think they need cleaning They are both about 29 by 24 inches and have the original gilt frames. I looked at the cost of cleaning a long time ago and found it expensive. Also, the restorer wants them reframed. My mother may have purchased them in London a long time ago. During World War II they were hidden in China and eventually shipped to her. How much are they worth?

A Stuart Scott Somerville (1908-1983) was a British artist. His paintings sometimes sell at auctions. Art galleries and museums have access to past sales and can help you find what his paintings have sold for. They can also refer you to reputable restorers in your city. Cleaning the paintings may add value, but don't reframe them. The original frames add value.




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