Each and every print has two unique stories and we love to hear them both.
First - The story that was known by the artist that includes the information about the featured setting, names and personal history about the subjects featured, and any other works created by the artist. For vintage and antique prints, time has taken its toll and much of this information has been lost.
Second - The story that is known by those who have inherited their prints or have current first hand knowledge about their prints. These are very exciting to everyone who owns their own special print.
This page has been set up to share some of these stories with our visitors. If you happen to see yours, you will see we only changed the information that could have been clues for others to learn your identity.
Thank you to everyone who has shared with us, as well as the stories to come.
Hi, I have a Sonata with the tag in the front and have had this wonderful painting for over 14 years. It was given to me by my X Sister-in law. Everyone loves it when they go by it they has something good to say of it. One day my best friend was working and caring for an elderly lady who asked her to sit and have some tea with her and said "I have something for you". It was wrapped in newspaper and she said it was a gift. When my friend came over to my house with the wrapped gift and opened it, it was a Sonata. I had always told her that the lady in the print was her anyway. I now live in Florida and she in New Jersey and both still have our Sonata and will never let them go. It is like a looking glass for us. I just called her to let her know I was going to share our story.
Hello, I wanted to share a with just a little about my "Sonata". As a little girl growing up in my grandmother's house, I always admired the beautiful painting the that hung over the antique stereo. Even as adult, when walking through her home, something always drawn to this mysterious women playing the piano. I would stare at her, wondering why she was alone, what song was she playing, and if someone was in the next room listening to her.
This painting is in the background of almost every snapshot taken at my grandmothers house. When looking through old photos, someone always yells out..."there's grandmas picture!"
My grandmother passed away this May and the family all decided that to give the "Sonata" to me. It hangs in my bedroom so i can look at it every night before I fall asleep. M. Ditlef
My great-aunt has this picture over her piano. I've always admired this picture and have just recently found the information on your website. It is "Sonata" by M. Ditlef. Do you ever come across larger prints of this? There is one that was sold listed on your website that is about the size I would be looking for. Thank you for your website and I will be back soon. M. Ditlef
I have been looking for this print for years, I found a lady that had a different print by Ditlef. She gave me the name that was signed on the print and I went on the web to try and find it. It was not easy but after much search, I find your site. My Aunt, who has passed away, had this print in her home for years. She gave it away when she got sick and no one knows who she gave it to. In January of this year I bought the house that she lived in, (It was my great grandparents home 80 years old). My best memory of the home as a child is that this print hung in the living room, I thought it was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. I would like to put one back in the same place as the original was. Frederic Mizen
I wish to purchase the Mizen print “Love Letters”. Thanks for going to all of this trouble and I'm glad you were able to find this print for me. This print has some sentimental value to me. My mother had one of these prints when I was growing up and my aunt had the Harp and Piano by Frederic Mizen. I don't know if you are old enough to remember S&H Green Stamps, but that is how they purchased them. I always loved those prints and came across the "Harp & Piano" at an antique store which I purchased. So, I thought it would be fun to have them both - my daughter loves them too! I sent your website to my sister as well since she is also interested. I see you have quite a selection. Thanks for having such an exciting site - I hope to be able to get another soon. Again, thanks for your help! Frederic Mizen
I have a print “Song of Love” by M. Ditlef that was part of my aunt's estate. She passed away about two years ago and she was in her 90's. I believe she got it from her friends estate. Her last name was Roeher or something like that. Her friend's name was also hand written on the paper. My aunt lived in Detroit. Her friend lived in Detroit and/or Ohio. It could have been purchased at Sears or also a store called J. L. Hudson's which is an old department store in that area. I don't know if that store is still in business. There were no tags or stickers from the retailer on it. Love to visit your website. M. Ditlef
I have had this painting "Blue Danube" hanging in my various homes my entire life. I am 55 years old. The story goes that my father purchased the painting in Bowling Green, Kentucky sometime between 1941 and 1951. The approximate size is 25"x 30" with the artist's signature in the upper left corner. Glad to know about your website. Marguerite Pearson
Before she died, my aunt gave me a picture of "Sonata" that had been hanging over her sofa for 50 years. Could you please tell me it's history and anything else about it? M. Ditlef
I received the two pictures today..."Enchantment" and "Duet". I have all of Ditlef's works in my living room - "Allegro", "Sonata", "Interlude" and the 2 new ones. Just beautiful. Also, I want one for my mother and would be most appreciative of your advice on choices and sizes. As always, thanks for recreating something very special. Antoni Ditlef
I have searched long and hard for someone to assist me with a painting or print that I have. I found your web site and saw the painting or print that I have. It is the "Allegro" as you have listed on your web site. Can you tell me how I know if this print or painting I have is real? The possible worth of the painting and what determines this paintings worth. I am not looking at this time to get rid of it but I am wondering its worth and if it’s something I should hang on to. It was my great grandmothers and I would appreciate any information that you can send to assist me. Thank you very much and I greatly appreciate it. Antoni Ditlef
I have an "Allegro" painting that I may be interested in selling. How would I go about doing this and how much is the painting worth? I love your website and have never seen anything like it. Antoni Ditlef
Wow, thanks. Yes it has J Richard on the left hand side of mine as well. The parlor room that I am making Victorian only has one wall really to put pictures on because the other walls only have windows. We'll be in it in September. I was able to take pictures after inquiring and noticed this dilemma. But I'm glad to have this resource. Thanks for all the info and if there are smaller prints that would be helpful. Musicals
We found a painting in the basement of my husbands Grandmother. She gave us the painting. It has Antoni Ditlef written on the painting. Your home page, showed the same painting as mine, called, "Interlude". How many are out there? What are the chances we found one? Antoni Ditlef
I was extremely happy with the 3 calendars and Victorian Art Archives book. Your items have added so much joy to our family. Books
While growing up, my mother had the "Morning Melodies" (McGrew) print, hanging in our living room. I am a female musician and adored that piece. My middle sister ended up getting the picture, but all 3 of us girls wanted it. In fact, it has been a real sore spot between us. R. Brownell McGrew
We never knew who the artist (of this print) was, therefore, we had no idea how to purchase another. Well, I have been researching, on the Internet, for years and have never come close to finding out the artist's name, until I found your calendars and book. I bought one calendar and a book for myself and the other 2 calendars for my sisters. They flipped out when I presented them with the calendar and told them to look at April's picture. Then I got out the book and we proceeded to read every little detail. Since then I have purchased M. Ditlef's "Sonata". When my sisters saw it, they cried, because it resembles the "Morning Melodies" print and brings back so many memories.
Now we have a means and way to get a little bit of our childhood back at your website.
My mom bought the "Morning Melodies" print from an estate sale, in the early 1960's. She had it framed in a beautiful hand carved frame, unlike any I have seen. I think the artist's name may have been cut when the print was put into the frame. Maybe that is why we never knew who the artist was.
It is my hope to purchase another of the Turner prints for my oldest sister. This way we will each have a gorgeous Victorian women to play the piano and adorn our homes.
You've made us extremely happy. Thank you for all of your hard work compiling the archives. I am sure there are many people, like me, who have been searching for the information you offer.
I couldn't be more pleased. It's like finding the map to a lifelong treasure.
I received the book Archives of Victorian Art today and can’t wait to sit down and read it cover to cover. If it is OK, after I finish I will contact you and tell you about my paintings and ask you any questions about what I’ve read and how to possibly get other books. Thanks so much for your kind help. Books
When I was a senior in High School in a little town in Idaho, my music teacher has our quartet practice in her home. On the wall above her baby grand was the picture of Sonata. I was always so attracted to it and never forgot it. Years later I saw a print in a store and it cost $35.00, too much for my budget at that time in 1978. I never got it out of my mind and didn't know who painted it. I told a friend about it and she got on the Internet and found a picture and info about it. I now own a 22 X 28 print of it. I'd like to know about the artist. Even so, I really treasure it. There is just something about her that makes it hard to stop looking at her and wondering ........... M. Ditlef
I can clearly remember in the early 50's when my two uncles came in bringing this large picture to their sister (my mother). She had a degree in music and played the piano. I thought it was the most beautiful picture I had ever seen. For years it hung over our piano and I remember staring at it when I would have to memorize music for a recital. I'm sure that my mother gave it to my sister because I haven't seen it in years. I didn't know the picture's name or the artist but was able to find one and promptly purchased it. The name is "Sonata" and the artist is M. Ditlef
It is the type of art that is enduring and haunting and that you never forget. I'm somehow at peace now that I can look at it any time I want. It brings back all of those hours that I practiced the piano and stared at it and all of the time wondering what the girl at the piano was playing and what she was thinking.
I have the picture Interlude by Antoni Ditlef. It hung in my grandmother's parlor all my life and now hangs proudly in my home. I am looking for any info on the picture and the artist. I am also curious about it's value, if any other then sentimental. Anything you can share with me will be greatly appreciated. Antoni Ditlef