Signed Ruby Dobesh oil painting on canvas with wood frame.Provenance: A friend bought this painting with frame for me at a yard sale somewhere in southern coastal California (probably in Orange County) in 2002. It hung on my office wall for seven years and has been in storage for the last two years. About Ruby Dobesh (1905-2003): (I've gleaned this information from the internet, so I can't vouch for its veracity.) Dobesh was a long-time resident of Encinitas, California. Her work includes landscapes of the San Diego County back country. Most of her paintings are of landscapes and were originally mostly sold in furniture stores. She signed her earlier paintings Ruby Dobesh and her later paintings R. Crystal Dobesh. The Painting: Oil on canvas stretched on a wood frame, 36" high x 24" wide x 1/2" thick. The paint and canvas are in good condition with minor exceptions - the paint has detached from a small (1/4" diameter) spot of the canvas in the lower middle area of the painting and small, faint stains are evident on the back of the canvas. The painting is signed "Ruby Dobesh" in the lower right area of the painting (indicating that it is one of her earlier works). The subject looks like a Spanish Mission courtyard in California, possibly Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Frame: The wood frame is decorated with carvings and stained or painted brown, and painted with lightly brushed gold highlights and inner blue trim, with the outer edges painted brown. The innermost trim is covered with a pale fabric. It is stamped Hecho En Mexico on the back. Outer Dimensions: 44 1/4" high x 32 1/4" wide x 1 5/16" thick. Inner Dimensions: 35 1/4" high x 23 1/4" wide. The frame is in good condition with minor nicks and scratches visible on close inspection; the fabric-covered, innermost trim has two stains (one in the lower left area and one in the lower right area). The total weight of the painting and frame is 11.2 lbs.
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