What do I mean by this heading – Watch out!! And double Watch Out! Cruise ships are in the business of entertaining – Right? – alcohol flowing well – you have just had a great day on the ship or perhaps a day’s outing exploring an exotic island/town something – a good dinner – excellent dessert – a good choice of wine – you saw the live night club act the night before – now it is time to see the art and collectibles that has been wildly advertised throughout the days – it’s Auction Night – Can I get a good deal? – Nice colourful items up for sale – let’s sit back and enjoy. And the quiet pressure begins. You are totally relaxed, enjoying the jokes from the auctioneer. Be careful!
This is where you must be careful. The auctioneer’s business is to get the highest price possible. Many of these art pieces come with “Letters of Authenticity”. Have you ever wondered why a painting needed a letter of authenticity to prove something? Extra promotion? Why? Sometimes these are not even original paintings – just – prints/limited edition prints/giclées/ lithographs/serigraphs/silk screens. And these ‘Letters’ often not even signed. You are meant to ‘take it for granted’.
Prints? What are Prints? A Picture with a multitude of copies of the same thing. Something to double double check when checking out the art work at these auctions. Make sure you have done just that before the auction begins. That it truly is an original art work!
Giclées – a new variety in the field of prints – and scary – are very difficult to determine sometimes as they are printed on all mediums available today in the marketplace – including canvases. And they are normally very bright and cheerful – perfect for decorating.
And there are no dots visible under a magnifying glass. The glass used to be a fantastic tool checking for printing dots – not visible. (At a garage sale/flea market/Value Village – always carry a magnifying glass to check for dots. (I always have a 10x power magnifying glass in my pocket or Marian’s purse.) Buy originals!!!
What is a Giclée? It is a print – a French word for ‘sprayed ink’ – very sophisticated printmaking process today typically produced on an IRIS ink-jet printer capable of producing millions of colours using continuous-tone technology. Often made from photographic images of famous paintings to produce high quality, permanent reproductions with extra-fine image resolutions rendering deeply saturated colours that have a broad range of tonal values.
And they can be beautiful. But be careful how much you wish to spend on these compared to an original oil painting. There are so many wonderful such paintings in the marketplace. Think of a car when you drive it away from the garage – it is now used and suddenly at used resale prices. That is the resale of Giglées or any print!!
Future down the line resale? Always keep that in mind.
The old expression “A fool and his money are easily parted.” Keep in mind that may be an inebriated you after a few drinks!!
Tourist traps such as Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona, Miami Beach, Paris, France are all places where reproduced furniture, art glass and paintings can all be found so watch out for the Charlatans at work!!