Signature Database

Discovering an artist's signature is a strong lead to uncovering the authorship of a piece of art. Beyond style, theme, brushstroke and medium; a signature is the artist's claim to the piece of art, a claim so important that artists frequently imbibe their autograph in the main body of the painting. The signature is so important that some professionals devote their entire career to simply retrieving and verifying the authenticity of such a signing. Forgeries abound, so it is wise to do your research and seek out proper experts who deal with authenticating signatures. 

Some artist's signatures have become nearly as iconic as that of John Hancock, whose signature stands stunningly out on the Declaration of Independence. The signatures of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, for example, are renowned for their simplicity and have appeared on countless advertisements for exhibitions worldwide. Other signatures are less bold and require a bit of digging to discover the true authorship. Many signatures have evolved along with the artist's work, as the career of sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse shows. Originally signing his work "A. Carrier," the artist eventually took to signing his work "Carrier-Belleuse." This distinct difference exemplefies the need for additional research to be done on an item to verify its authorship and importance.

The placement of a signature on a piece of artwork can be an important element when determining the value and rarity of an artwork. While there are general rules that surround such placement, it is important to seek out the advice of a qualified art appraiser, consultant and/or researcher as every print by every artist is surrounded by a multitude of considerations unique that that specific piece of art. Below is a sample of the many signatures affiliated to pieces of art in the collection at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. Our research staff has generated a helpful database, serving as a starting point for anyone hoping to decipher the authorship of a piece of art. 

Please keep in mind, unveiling an artist's signature alone does not prove authenticity. Consider a consultation with our staff at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. Our appraisers and researchers will serve as an advocate in unveiling the authenticity of your artwork in addition to consulting on your behalf with a panel of experts in the art world.

A - B

Agam, Yaacov (Israeli, B. 1928)

Appel, Christiaan Karel (Dutch, 1921-2006)

Archipenko, Alexander (Russian, 1887-1964)

Arribas, Venancio (Spanish, B. 1954)

Baj, Enrico (Italian, 1924-2003)

Barnes, A.L. (c. 20th Century)

Bates, Katherine Lee (American, 1859-1929)

Beinke, Fritz (German, 1842-1907)

Bernelt, L. (Continental, 19th Century)

Berthon, Paul (French, 1872-1909)

Bierman, Joe (American, 20th Century)

Blatas, Arbit (Lithuanian, 1908-1999)

Bollin, Leone Cobbum (American, c. 1893)

Bos, Henk (Dutch, 1901-1979)

Bradbury, Bennett (American, 1914-1991)

Brandner, Karl (American, 1898-1961)

Buchterkirch, Armin (American, 1859-1915)

Buffet, Bernard (French, 1928-1999)

C - D

Calder, Alexander (American, 1898-1976)

Campagnola, Enrico (Italian, 1911-1984)

Carlsen, Dines (American, 1835-1932)

Carmen, Greta (American, c. mid 20th Century)

Chagall, Marc (Russian/French, 1887-1985)

Chahine, Edgar (French, 1874-1947)

Chaput, Roger (French, b. 1909)

Chavez, Edward Arcenio (American, 1917-1985)

Chelminski, Jan Van (Polish, 1851-1925)

Cheret, Jules (French, 1836-1932)

Chious, John (American, 20th Century)

Cilfone, Gianni (American, 1908-1990)

Collomb, Paul (French, 1921-1998)

M - O

Maik, Henri (French, b. 1922)

Manet, Edouard (French, 1832-1883)

Maurer, Louis (German, 1832-1932)

Max, Peter (German/American, b. 1937)

Mazzanovich, Lawrence (American, 1872-1959)

McLeod, C. (British, 19th-20th Century)

Messick, Dale (American, 1906-2005)

Mintz, Harry (Polish/American, 1907-2002)

Miró, Joan (Spanish, 1893-1983)

Moore (American, 20th Century)

Mouillion, Alfred (French, 1832-1886)

Moran, Thomas (English/American, 1837-1926)

Mucha, Alphonse (Czech, 1860-1939)

Munoz-Ramos, Alvar Sunol (Spanish, b. 1935)

Neillot, Louis (French, 1898-1973)

Neiman, LeRoy (American, b. 1927)

Olendorf, William (American, 1924-1996)

Olinsky, Tosca (Italian/American, 1909-1983)

Orchardson, William Q. (Scottish, 1832-1910)

P - S

Palmer, Pauline (American, 1867-1938)

Papart, Max (French, 1911-1994)

Philipp, Robert (American, 1895-unknown)

Picasso, Pablo (Spanish, 1881-1973)

Portoles, Gabriel (Spanish, b. 1930)

Quizet, Alphonse (French, 1885-1955)

Ramsey, Milne (American, 1847-1915)

Rauschenberg, Robert (American, 1925-2008)

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606-1669)

Remington, Frederic (American, 1861-1909)

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste (1841-1919)

Coman, Charlotte (American, 19th and 20th Centuries)

Copeland, Alfred Bryant (American, c. 1840)

Cortes, Edouard Leon (French, 1882-1969)

Curtis, Jere (American, Mid 20th Century)

Dali, Salvador (Spanish, 1904-1989)

Darasse, Georges Paul (1855-unknown)

Dardari, Alfano (Italian, 1924-1988)

Defregger, Franz von (German, 1835-1921)

Dennis, Roger Wilson (American, 1902-1996)

de Largillier, Nicolas (French, 1656-1746)

Driesbach, Walter Clark (Jr.) (American, b. 1929)

Duckworth, Ruth (American, b. 1919)

Dürer, Albrecht (German, 1471-1528)

E - H

Eastman, Frank Samuel (British, 1878-1964)

Edel Colorno, Alfredo (Italian, 1856-1912)

Erte (French/Russian, 1892-1990)

Eyueboglu, Bedri Rahmi (Turkish, 1913-1975)

Fachinetti, Carlo (Italian, 1870-1951)

Finster, Reverend Howard (American, 1916-2001)

Genth, Lillian (American, 1916-1953)

Glackens, William (American, 1870-1938)

Graillon, Pierre Adrien (French, 1807-1872)

Greenman, Frances C. (American, 1890-1982)

Gruppe, Charles Paul (American, 1860-1940)

Goya, Francisco de (Spanish, 1746-1828)

Haddon, David W. (British, 1884-1914)

Hancock, John (American, 1737-1793)

Harbart, Gertrude (American, 1898-1999)

Hecht, Marcia (American, 20th Century)

Henri, Robert (American, 1865-1929)

Hershberger, Abner (American, 20th Century)

Herve, Jules Rene (French, 1887-1981)

Hetherington, Charles (Canadian, 1857-?)

Hofmann, Hans (German, 1880-1966)

Holland, Thomas (American, 1917-2004)

Chi-Chung, Hu (Chinese-American, b. 1927)

Hulsmann, Henry (German/American, 1849-1930)

I - L

Idoni, Filippo (Italian, 1800-1884)

Inness, George (American, 1825-1894)

Irvine, Wilson Henry (American, 1869-1936)

Jacquet, Gustave Jean (French, 1846-1909)

Jarvie, Robert R. (American, 20th Century)

Kahn, Olivia (American b. 1920)

Kavanagh, Joseph Malachy (Irish, 1856-1918)

Key, Francis Scott (American, 1779-1843)

Kinson, Francois (Belgian, 1771-1839)

Kipniss, Robert (American, b. 1931)

Kitchell, Hudson Mindell (American, 1862-1944)

Kouge (Japanese, 20th Century)

Krawiec, Harriet (American, 1894-1968)

Kraweic, Walter (Polish, 1889-1982)

Kollwitz, Kaeth (German, 1867-1945)

Kucera, K.

Lapson

Lattes, Georges (French, 20th Century)

Legrand, Louis (French, d. 1951)

Lennon, John (English, 1940-1980)

Lever, Richard H. (Australian/American, 1876-1955)

Lindgrun, Knute Ellis

Lindstrohm, Sven Otto (1883-1932)

Lingeman, Lambertus (Dutch, 1829-1894)

Livingstone-Strong, Brett (Australian, b. 1954)

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (American, 1807-1882)

Lorjou, Bernard (French, 1908-1986)

Lundgreen, Karl Emil (Danish, 1884-1934)

Robbe, Manuel (french, 1872-1936)

Rockwell, Norman (American