After extensive research I concluded that it was by Johann H. The first four letters of his signature H. Car were obscured or removed during previous touch up work (see photo showing the obscured signature and other examples of his signature). Carmiencke is a respected Hudson River School painter who moved to New York in the mid-1800s from Europe, where he was court painter for the King of Denmark (see bio summary below). To reflect his authorship, I added a high quality gilt nameplate.
He repaired the tear and punctures, relined it, replaced the stretched with a high quality version, cleaned it, removed prior touch ups, in-painted where needed, and revarnished it with professional quality products (see receipt). I left the frame in its existing condition, as it would have taken a different expert to restore it, and it shows well as a true antique frame, with some dings, cracks, scratches, and wear. Large areas of the original water gilding remain and under the right light the frame has a warm golden glow. There is an old label on the back of the frame from a New Yok gallery that I have covered in plastic to protect it. This is a heavy high quality frame that is still very solid.
It measures 18.5" x 24.5" x 2.5. The painting itself is dark and somber, as a lone horseman attempts to out ride an approaching storm.
This was created by Carmiencke in 1864 during the height of the American Civil War. The painting reflects the mood of the county at that time, when nearly every family had lost a loved one in the war. It is typical of Carmiencke's art during that period in American history (see other art sites for examples). Because of the darkness of the painting, it needs to be displayed under a quality art light. I took most of the photos outside in bright sunlight.
Under this light, or quality indoor light, the skill of the painter really comes through. However, in normal indoor light it appears darker and more muted than in the photos. Please keep this in mind.
The repair in the sky is not noticeable except in certain lighting. This is to be expected on a 154 year old painting that experienced some damage. The painting and frame are ready to hang. I have decided to sell it as it doesn't fit with my home or office décor. The price reflects the scarcity of Carmiencke's work during his American years and the quality of the frame.Please feel free to ask questions. I also can send more photos upon request.
Artists bio was copied from askart. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Johann Carmiencke spent most of his career in Europe with the last sixteen years in America where his reputation remains as a romantic landscape painter of the Hudson River School. He was unlike most members of that school who were American born, and his paintings tend to be darker and more rustic.
He studied art in Dresden, Copenhagen and Leipzig and then, having traveled in Sweden, Germany and Italy, became court painter to the King of Denmark from 1846 to 1851. He settled in Brooklyn, New York and exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Maryland Historical Society.
The item "Authentic Carmiencke Hudson River School Oil Painting Gilt Fluted Cove Frame O/C" is in sale since Tuesday, August 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "wht1" and is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped to United States.