We recently acquired this older oil painting from an estate (canvas, 46x29cm) with what seemed like a legible signature but we have been unable to identify the artist. The artistic ability, technique and frame quality would suggest that we should have found something about the artist. Every variation of the name is coming up empty.
If someone out there recognizes the signature we would greatly appreciate the help.
Vietato is quite right. This signatur is totally impossible for that and a few more reasons I better not elaborate on. It is not a Dutch painting either, it is German. You can tell by the strokes of light on path and water, all converging in some invisible point on the horizon, typical for the Düsseldorfer School. A dirty, brownish sail also points in a German direction.