These collector terms and descriptions might be helpful for you. Particularly if you wish to collect art and later put it on the secondary market. That means you as the collector would decide to sell your original painting through an art dealer or commercial gallery. Perhaps you have collected a series or style that you have grown tired of but the work is valuable due to the artist’s reputation. Sometimes collector heirs have no interest in the style their parents collected, but the work is of value and can be sold on the secondary market.
- Catalogue raisonné: The catalogue raisonné, a comprehensive listing of an artist’s works, includes details about the ownership of each painting, current condition, and images of each painting.
- Provenance: Provenance is a document detailing past ownership and condition of a print as well as where it has been displayed. Provenance helps validate authenticity of a piece and sellers should be able to provide the provenance of original paintings. Provenance of older paintings may be incomplete or nonexistent as documentation can get lost or damaged over long periods of ownership.
- Proof of authenticity: Though difficult to say without a doubt that a painting is an authentic original work by a particular artist, ask for proof that a credentialed expert studied the painting and verified its authenticity. This third-party evaluator should be able to provide their own credentials that demonstrate expertise in a particular style, genre, or artist as well. Do not accept any type of certificate of authenticity; the art world does not generally use them. This is something artists use to make their collectors feel secure. There is no real value to having an artist made CA.
Attributed to: The words “attributed to” indicate that an expert evaluated the style of a painting and other factors and determined that a particular artist likely produced a painting. However, the expert cannot definitively confirm the artist produced the painting.
I believe this information was given to me by Michael Skalka, so I will credit him. He is an archivist for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Collecting is a joyful experience. The more you know about it the more you will feel secure about the art you collect. If you have never bought original art, why not start now? Original art is far superior to reproduced copies. Most artists have some art that is low in price. Start with one painting you love. You will have a marvelous journey and friendship with your favorite artist.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
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It’s Make an Offer Friday!
This painting is 8×10 inches
oil on archival canvas panel
send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM today to win this painting. Make as many offers as you like. I’ll notify the winner after 5 PM today.
Bell Pepper Pizza
2 bell peppers, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup pepperoni slices
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/4 cup Italian-blend shredded cheese
reheat oven to 400°F. Remove seeds and stem from peppers and place cut-side up on baking sheet.
- Chop pepperoni coarsely; combine bread crumbs, pepperoni, and cheese. Fill each pepper with cheese mixture; bake 15–18 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted.