How do you prove ownership of a painting?

How do you prove ownership of a painting?

There are many forms of provenance documentation. A signed statement of authenticity from the artist or an expert on the artist is ideal. An original gallery sales receipt, receipt directly from the artist, or an appraisal from an expert in the era are also good options.

What is the provenance of a piece of art?

Provenance refers to the history of the ownership of a painting or other work of art. Information about the ownership of a painting can come from a range of sources, including contemporary descriptions, inventories of collections, inventory numbers on the paintings themselves and auction sale catalogues.

How do you tell the difference between an original watercolor and a print?

— An original watercolor will have a rough surface when looked at from an angle; a reproduction will have a flat and even surface. — An original oil painting on canvas mounted on stretcher bars will have a rough and uneven paint edge on the sides of the canvas where the viewer usually does not look.

How can you tell if a Watercolour is an original or a print?

Look closely at the paper it is on. Watercolor paper has to be absorbant in order to hold the paint. If the paper looks lumpy, bumpy and absorbant you could have an original painting. If it is smooth like the page of a book you definitely do not, as the paint would run right off.

When to know if you have an original piece of Art?

If you are certain you have an original oil, watercolor, or sculpture – or a signed and/or numbered work by the artist, proceed with the other valuation questions. If you are unsure, we suggest you let a local frame shop or art gallery help you determine if you have an original work versus a reproduction.

Can a person make a giclee after buying an artwork?

Artists are often unsure if they retain reproduction copyright after someone has purchased an original piece of artwork. Can someone else make giclee prints after the buy the original?

How long has art been sold at auction?

Our auction records go back close to 20 years, and cover the prices an artist may have obtained at auction, including presale estimates, sizes, titles, and images of the artworks. From the steps above, hopefully you have learned to appreciate and enjoy your artwork even more.

What to do if a buyer returns your art?

If a buyer returns your art due to finding the art is not authentic, or condition is not as represented the seller is responsible to return all funds to Art Brokerage. Art Brokerage will refund the buyer and return said art to seller.

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