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Need Help To Identify An Artist

Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/19/2013 - 1:10 PM

This is a small ( 8 x 10") oil painting I bought yesterday in a little east Texas town. I had stopped at an antique shop on the highway after attending a funeral. I thought it might be of some value ( more than the $5. I paid ) but I can not make out the name on it. I have tried different combinations of the spelling, but so far no luck. I thought some of you might recognize the artist or have some idea what the signature is. Thanks for any help.

The righthand side of the painting did not show up here. You can click on the painting for a better view.

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Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 06/19/2013 - 1:18 PM

Gumelli ?

Sumelli ?


Posted by: Louise Reeves on 06/19/2013 - 1:18 PM

Your best best is probably to send those images to a gallery and ask for info. They might know the signature, at least.


Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/19/2013 - 1:23 PM

Thanks...... Part of the painting did not show up in the pic above.
Thats what I tried Lawrence, and a few others luck yet

Gumelli, Gunelli, Dumelli, Dunelli, Sumelli, Sunelli, .......... ?

I know a manager/part owner of a large gallery in my area. I might show it to him sometime in the future.


Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/19/2013 - 1:35 PM

Come on youse guys........I know there is at least one smart person here...... LOL


Posted by: Chrystyne Novack on 06/19/2013 - 1:59 PM

Did a search through Google Images and Tineye on the picture - nothing found.

Are you sure the second letter is not an 'a' ? On the close-up of the signature it looks like there are some slight red tones where the upper part of an 'a' would be. Might have rubbed off over time. The biggest thing that might be the stumbling block is that that middle 3 letter or could be 3rd and 4th letters. It looks like an 'm' except for the odd separation of the last 'hump' from the main body. I tried a combination of " N ie" instead but no luck....come to think of it it would not be an 'i' after the 'n' because it doesn't have the dot over it like the 'i' at the end of the signature. Might there be any clues on the back of the canvas?


Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/19/2013 - 2:09 PM

Thanks for looking Chrystyne....... I have no idea what the letters are ; )


Posted by: Darice Machel McGuire on 06/19/2013 - 2:20 PM

Taking it to a gallery is hit and miss. Most owners won't have a clue. You might stumble upon one who may have known this artist, but that's a long shot. An art historian might be a better person to take it to. It's a very lovely painting.


Posted by: Miki De Goodaboom on 06/19/2013 - 3:06 PM

I think it could be Danielli... I am pretty sure the first letter is a D. I think it must be an Italian name, and if so, it must be a name which makes sense... there are some artists called Danielli, but from what I have seen so far, their style does not match this one.


Posted by: Evie Carrier on 06/19/2013 - 4:07 PM

I found this:

prices look good...but it does not look like her work?


Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/19/2013 - 4:18 PM

Thanks very much ladies... I appreciate your help. Maybe with all the clues I can find something. ; )


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/19/2013 - 5:02 PM

Excuse me - but signatures of artists are not easy to decipher - it isn't smarts - it's knowledge - what an artists signature looks like and their style of work. You would really need an art historian - try Antiques Road Show - or something.


Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 06/19/2013 - 5:26 PM

Well I found an Italian artist Giovanni Danielli, (1824-1890)

It has one of his paintings on artnet. It is too small to see his signature.


Posted by: Barbara Moignard on 06/19/2013 - 6:00 PM


Or could it end in 'th'


Posted by: Phyllis Taylor on 06/19/2013 - 11:45 PM

Have no idea if it could be hers, but she is an artist


Posted by: Nathalie Chavieve on 06/20/2013 - 4:34 AM

Hello Gene

I think the name looks like Sarnelli or Samelli.

I made a little research and I found this :

"Dos lienzos de Antonio Sarnelli en el monasterio de Dominicas Dueñas de Zamora

Autores: José Angel Rivera de las Heras
Localización: BSAA Arte: Boletín del Seminario de Estudios de Arte, ISSN 1888-9751, Nº. 72-73, 2, 2006-2007 , págs. 211-217
Texto completo (pdf)

El Monasterio de Santa María la Real de las Dueñas-Dominicas de la ciudad de Zamora conserva dos lienzos que representan la Trinidad con la parentela de Jesús, y la Virgen del Carmen, cuyos reversos van firmados por el pintor napolitano Antonio Samelli y fechados en 1748.

The Monastery of Santa María la Real de las Dueñas-Dominicas of Zamora keeps two canvases which depict the Trinity with Jesus Christ 's relatives and the Virgen del Carmen, whose backs are signed by the neapolitan painter Antonio Samelli, and dated in 1748."

May be it is Antonoi Sarnelli ( Samelli ), but it is only an assumption, and of course, better if you contact antique specialist for expertise this artwork.

Good luck


Posted by: Barbara Moignard on 06/20/2013 - 6:19 AM



Posted by: Gene Gregory on 06/20/2013 - 7:58 AM

Thanks Barbara and Phyllis

Thank you Nathalie. But I don't think this painting is near as old as it would have to be if it were by Antonoi Sarnelli, but I will keep looking and I appreciate your help. ; )


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