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Looking for Artful Vintage

by Martha Erickson 02/03/2019

Are you shopping for art for just the right piece to complete your décor? You'll find a plethora of art at vintage stores and antique malls. Some stalls cater specifically to old paintings, maps, or empty frames, so take a peak in all the kiosks and booths. But know what you're looking at before you go.

Paintings versus prints

It's easy to mistake a print for a painting when it is in an old frame and sold as antique or vintage. Don't misunderstand, a print, especially one known as a hand lithograph, can be quite valuable, and certainly be the perfect choice for your décor, but it's best to know the difference. Paintings have discernable brushstrokes while print reproductions have very tiny dots. Take a good look, up close and personal. The value in the painted art is that it is original. The value in hand lithographs is the work and detail involved. 

Lithographs typically come numbered and not mass-produced. Prints, on the other hand, when mechanically reproduced are less valuable than a lithograph with their evenly spaced dots and uniform color. But a print is still worth purchasing if it fits your décor, just know before you overpay for it.

What if it’s cracked?

Old paint cracks. That's part of its charm and value. The fine web-like cracks have a particular name: craquelure. In no way does craquelure indicate that there is something wrong with your painting. It often denotes your pieces is likely authentic and sought after by collectors.

Should I reframe it?

Original frames and the nails used to hold the painting in the frame and hold the frame together often contain vital information that dates the piece. If the wood has aged or the metal patinaed, that indicates the frame might be older. Often, framers placed a mark, label, or stamp on their work too, so if your frame or backing has such a mark, it might reveal, with a little internet sleuthing, the frame’s age.

What if there isn’t a frame?

While it’s nice to find the perfect piece in the original frame, some art makes its way to vintage shops because of a damaged or broken frame. Don’t be afraid to put an older print in a modern frame for an eclectic look.

Is it authentic?

When shopping at an antique mall or store, try to learn as much about the art as possible. The dealer might have information on where it came from, or how old it is. It may have come as part of an estate sale and could even have accompanying documentation to prove its age and ownership.

If you have the art, but no place to hang it, your real estate professional will happily help you find just the right place to showcase your collection.

About the Author

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Martha Erickson
Long time Marco Island residents Martha & Roy joined Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty (originally Prudential Florida Realty) in 2001. Roy retired in 2016. Martha continues to be a very active realtor and has marketed condominiums, homes, and homesites throughout Marco Island and Naples. She specializes in Hideaway Beach. Martha’s knowledge of customer relations and services, after many years in retail and advertising, combine to create a positive experience for her customers buying and selling a property. The Erickson Team have been recipients of various awards including Chairman’s Circle Gold, which is awarded to the top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway Agents. BHHS National Honor Society and the President’s Leading Edge Award. Martha has also been named a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent - Best in Client Satisfaction for the past 15 years. You won’t find anyone more qualified than The Erickson Team to help you in the sale of your property. Please consider us if you or someone you know is ready to make a move. Martha is ready to assist you with your Real Estate needs. Martha Erickson, Realtor®, GRI. CRS, SRES Designations: Luxury Home Specialist, Marco Island Specialist, eCertified, Memberships: National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors,.Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Naples Area Board of Realtors Interests: Golf, boating, travel, reading Email: [email protected] Cell phone: 239-272-0912