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Marine Art Wanted: Sell your 19th Century Painting

We are looking for works by:

Melbye, Vilhelm Knut Frederik (Danish, 1824-1882) - Oilpaintings on canvas
Lived and worked in Kopenhagen (Denmark), Düsseldorf (Germany) and Paris (France) and London (Great Britain)
Marine Art and Seascapes, Coastal and Harbor Scenes, Sailing Vessels, Topographical Subjects, rarely also Ship Portraits
Starting at DKR 6.000 (Denmark) or Euro 750 (Continent). Prices depend on subject, size, date, quality and condition. Please send an e-mail to receive an exact offer for your work (free of charge for persons considering to sell their painting).
Vilhelm Melbye is the brother of Anton Melbye and Fritz Melbye. He worked a good period of his life in England and several of his works can be found in British collections. He preferred a realistic style, often also with romantic or dramatic scenes and Southern European Coastal or Harbor Views. He was influenced by the Düsseldorf School (especially by Andreas Achenbach) and changed his name in England from Vilhelm to Wilhelm. Therefore we find different signatures by him including: "Vilhelm Melbye" or "Wilhelm Melbye" or signatures with his initials "V.M." or "W.M.". He exhibited from 1847 on at the Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and at other places, for instance 1878 in Paris. He was appointed Professor at the academy in Kopenhagen in 1880. There appeared already fakes of his paintings or works by other artists which signed also with the initials "V.M." or "W.M.".
The FineArtEmporium might be interested in the direct purchase or brokerage of fine paintings by Vilhelm Melbye. Please refer to our page "Contact" and send an e-mail to bais(at) with the information requested there. You will receive an answer usually within 48-72 hours (up to a week in rare cases).

Examples of pictures by Vilhelm Melbye:

Image of Vilhelm Melbye Painting

Romantic Coastal Scene with Fishing and other Boats off Gibraltar (Spain) 1854, with some figures shown in the foreground, signed "Wilhelm Melby" and dated, 69 x 110 cm, the possession of a Private Collection in Sweden

Note: This is a typical example of an earlier work by Vilhelm Melbye which includes nice topographical details and shows a romantic Southern Coastal Scene. Click on the image to see a larger color illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.

Image of Vilhelm Melbye Painting

A Fishing Boat and a Steamer off a Rocky Coast 1870, with interesting light effects on the water, signed "Vilhelm Melbye" and dated, Oil on canvas, good condition, not relined, 55 x 90 cm, the possession of a Private Collection in Hamburg, Germany

Note: This picture is showing a typical scene in the Northern Sea. The painting is previously coming from a private collection in Scotland and this may be the location depicted here. Click on the image to see a larger color illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.


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