What type of painting would you like to purchase?  Even if you hope to someday resell it, assume that you are going to own this painting for at least ten years.

 

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Chatelaine's Antiques & Appraisals Magazine > Fine Art > Feature: Buying an Antique Oil Painting
When you shop for an antique oil painting whether at an auction house, gallery, or antique shop there are many ways to make sure you get the most for your money.  By arming yourself with these tips, you can enter into transactions feeling confident and prepared.
 


Buying an Antique Oil Painting

Buy what you can live with

Ask About A Painting's History

Do an Inspection

Look for stains, discoloration, or fading

Is the painting Laid Down or Lined?

Buy An Original

Old Master and 19th Century European Paintings: An Introduction

From Realizable Dreams...
... To More Elusive Ones

Getting Started - Collecting Oil Paintings

Cultivating a Deeper Appreciation

Understanding Value of 19th Century Oil Paintings

About The Expert

Timeline of European Painting through the 19th Century

What's Hot in Oil Paintings

Old Master Reproductions

 
Do Your Homework Before Buying an Antique Oil

Buy what you can live with
What type of painting would you like to purchase?  Even if you hope to someday resell it, assume that you are going to own this painting for at least ten years.


Unrestored painting showing
considerable damage

 If you are shopping for a work by a particular artist or school of artists, familiarize yourself with their best examples.
Much of this research can be done on the Internet: Countless museums, galleries, and universities have photographed their inventories and placed them online.  Take note of what characteristics define a style that peaks your interest.

If a painting is said to be by a known artist, ask yourself whether it can reasonably be attributed to this individual.  Look to see if the work is signed.  An attached label bearing the artist's name does not carry the same authority as a signature in the artist's hand.

Next Page: Ask About A Painting's History  |  Do an Inspection  |  Look for stains, discoloration, or fading  |  Is the painting Laid Down or Lined?  |  Buy An Original




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