Jakobowicz, from Melun, France, sells on 6 February 2016 a "French School, 19th century, signed Fichel" painting of The Smell of Flowers, estimated at 80 to 100 Euro.
It isn't a particularly brilliant painting, although it has a very pleasing composition. But researching it a bit anyway lead to a strange story.
The painting is actually signed "J Fichel", which restricted the possibilities and excluded someone like Benjamin Eugène Fichel. Sales catalogues listed, without an image, one other painting by a "J Fichel", sold in Germany in 1985 for $1,300.
This lead me to some other works, and then the problems started. Apparently there are two types of Jeanne Samson Fichel paintings: some rather crude, amateurish, like the one for sale and some other examples I found; and some much more refined, elaborate, finished. Considering how little known Jeanne Fichel is, and the limited value involved, it seems unlikely that someone is faking these. Perhaps she rarely had the time to really finish a painting, or lacked the patience, or perhaps she made more money making fast mediocre paintings than slow good ones? Whatever the reason, I do believe that the two types of paintings are made by one and the same painter.
Wikimedia Commons, and the image also learned me that the original is from 1878 and was called "Le Bouquet", and that she was born Jeanne Samson and married to a Fichel (Benjamin Eugène?).
Jewish Encyclopedia, which also indicates that Jeanne exhibited at the Salon from 1878 on, the year from the black-and-white painting. The wedding was apparently on 8 October 1877. Jeanne Samson was presumably from Lyon, and lived from 1849 until 1906, so she was considerably younger than her husband. He was also her teacher, according to the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. Another source indicates that her first appearance on the Salon was already in 1869, when she was only 20, and that Fichel was already her teacher by then.
Christie's (as Jeanne Samson, 1893), sold for £3,000 in 2013 (multiple copies seem to exist); and one incorrectly labeled as "Jeanne Samson Fichtel", sold at Sotheby's in 1997 for $2,300.
It is clear that the good works by Jeanne Salmon fetch a few thousand Euros, while the poor ones fetch a few hundred instead. Still, the work for sale seems undervalued, considering its charm, the fact that it is by a known painter, and the link to the good early painting. Whether it is a study (it's small, 33 by 24cm, so this seems certainly possible), or a fast copy made for some easy money, or something else, is probably impossible to determine by now. But it is more than good enough to be worth a few hundred Euros.