The Tradex Antiques Show, Abbotsford (with us doing appraisals in the middle) and the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Well, we just finished two very successful shows in the Lower Mainland last week and have returned refreshed ready to move on.  This ends our shows until early 2016.  The items that were brought to us were amazing.

One item that came to us was a painting – a very nice European style painting – a country scene, little cottage, flowers growing, hills in background, the little passing stream – all perfect.  But something was not right – there was the signature, a well known European signature – old frame, the colouring of the back canvas was wrong – stained over to make it look old – so we took it out of the frame.  Lots of paint, thick brush strokes – so not a giclee!! – right?? – wrong!! – tucked in the far corner (under the frame’s edge so not visible to the eye without removing the frame) – was a very small patch of obvious print – it had been totally painted over very well with the idea of concealing the fact that it was not an original painting – and the signature of course – forged.  Fascinating.

One always must be careful when purchasing art if not through an established art gallery, a respected antiques shop.  And soon many folks are off on the their annual fall cruise – be careful – the art auctions – don’t be fooled, and don’t be taken in with the sales pitch of “Certificate of Authenticity” – this is a wonderful sales tool – at least make sure it is signed and dated!  So much to watch out for.

And of course, you must love it!!  Original art is the Best!!

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