I just bought these two paintings in my local charity shop, and I'm very happy with them. Normally, flower paintings one finds in such shops or at car boot sales are true amateur work, often awful, sometimes acceptable, but never of any real quality. This time though, I found two true gems, probably French from the late 19th century or early 20th one.
Oh, and I'm a really lousy art photographer, I'll try to make better pictures later (when the sun sits out perhaps). I hope they give an idea of the actual colours and quality anyway.
The style is close to the work of e.g. Fantin-Latour, or especially the works of Georges Jeannin (1841-1925), but it is not really of the same quality probably (I have found that it is much harder to judge a painting one has bought, than a random painting at auction). Both panels are signed (by the same artist), but no matter how hard I try, I can't decipher them.The name is close to Jeannin, but the signature is not the same as the one Jeannin seems to have used throughout his career.
I'm not certain of any of these letters, so please don't feel bound by them when looking for a name.
Any further information, guesses, thoughts about country, period, artist, and value are welcome of course, you get my eternal gratitude in return. Oh, and if you don't like them and think I overrate them, then please tell me so as well, a reality check is a good thing.