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Dating painting stretchers

Some are not, especially when there is not satisfactory light. Oil paintings should be examined in natural sunlight whenever possible.

Paintings tend to remain with the first owner until he dies.

When the paintings do come on the secondary market, the vast majority sell for less than they cost new.

When approaching an oil painting—in fact any object—I do a quick assessment and assign it to one of several specific categories. However, if you treat every object equally, you will become overwhelmed with time-consuming research.

Period piece, reproduction, copycat, fantasy item or fake (my most-used choice). The antiques and collectibles business is a place where you have to learn to trust your gut. A single artist may paint an entire work or contribute a portion based on his specialty, e.g., sky, trees, etc.

Be suspicious of any framed and matted “oil painting” that is covered with glass and has a flat back.

The odds are over 99 percent that the painting is a print. Because a picture is on a stretcher does not mean it is an oil painting.

Paint by numbers was a major craze in the mid to late 1950s. Alas, a record of how the artist’s paintings do on the secondary market is missing information.

These paintings are based on traditional styles and are sold at exorbitant prices.

If in doubt, remove the painting/print from the frame. Reproductions of paintings often are printed on textured canvas-like surfaces, often with pseudo brush strokes, and attached to stretchers.

If fact, all artwork should be inspected outside its frame. Examine brush stroke lines to make certain they correspond to the appropriate color changes. Do not make the mistake of assuming that these reproductions are easy to spot.

At first glance this list appears to rank artists by skill. Professionally trained artists have bad days, albeit few collectors admit it. Historically, these paintings were sold at art galleries in vacation/tourist locations, gas stations, or stands along the highway. It is “couch art,” a decorative painting designed to hang behind a couch, over a dining room buffet, or on a large wall that needs something to fill it.