re: trying to find pintings worth (Bernhard Zickendraht)Steve
I have one of his paintings as well, a large reclining nude.
Bernhard Zickendraht. was born 1854 in Hersfeld. A Christian Friedrich Z. was town major during the occupation by the troops of Napoleon. Bernhard studied in Kassel, Berlin and Paris and became a very famous portrait-painter in Berlin. He died 1937 in Charlottenburg, a noble part of Berlin. Prior to this, he painted crown prince Wilhelm, the eldest son of former emperor Wilhelm II (this picture is Cecilienhof/Potsdam near Berlin). In 1922 he painted the famous movie star Pola Negri, who went to Hollywood one year later with the film-director Lubitsch.