Re: Art Appraising and it's Lunacy
I recently aquired a Picasso Lithograph and have been trying to find out information on its origin so I can perhaps appraise it or sell it...but i'm being led to believe that either all these people who say they know something, really know nothing..or they know something..and they just refuse to let anyone else in on it....
In a way I feel like someone cut the lights out on me and I'm left wandering aimlessly in the dark with a painting that may or may not be my salvation...and alot of these dealer/appraisers/experts that I've talked to over the last few weeks don't seem to have any straight answers..or even a flipp'n match to guide me towards the light...I've gotten nowhere in 3 three weeks and I guess my biggest problem is..what now? what can i do with this painting? do I leave it in an attic so it collects dust and insects? or do i actually pay hundred's of dollars to an appraiser so they can actually give me a straight answer? Any suggestions?
I know how you feel finding info can be very difficult especially when your dealing with an Artist who has more then 17,000 works to his credit. I also
have two Picasso prints and trying to determine when and where is very difficult as I haven't found the same size issue to compare. Most of my fine art are originals and the few prints I do have I use a magnifying glass and expect to see: xxxx or dots which are not visible in mine so it may be closer to a serigraph. Both of mine are on watermarked Arches paper and have no other markings except the 1955 Don Quizote which measures 15 X 20 has an embossed "edition copyr" bottom right corner on the length. The other is Dance for Peace which measure 18 X 24 and has no othr identifying marks excpet the Arches watermark. Some actually told me they may be proofs based on the original sizes and were resized for limited edtion releases. I laughed at that suggestion.
I also have a Henri Matisse that I have had no luck finding info on as I have never seen the image reproduced. It is definately done with real paint and has this info on back:
Matisse/Le Cygne/gouache decoupee/1953/serigraphie/M16/Editions des Nouvelles Images/45200 Lombreuil/France/SPADEM/Printed in France
The image is titled The Swan in English and was done in 1953, the area code for Lombreuil changed along time ago to 45700 and every other work I have seen associated to Nouvelles Images has the 45700 reference. It was definately a very limited issue as to the best of my knowledge the image has never really been reproduced.
That's why I prefer originals much less headache, some of my collection includes Ken Tolmie X 2(Canada) Alf Codallo X 2 who's one of the top folklore painters of Trinidad(died in NY in 1970) and Joyce Clark(American) who's a popular seaside landscape painter of Maui Hawaii.