In contrast, vintage prints are usually considered to be those made between 1960 to 1980. Have you wondered when an antique print you've seen was made? We would need to write a book to cover all the nuances, but these tips are a good starting point. Reply I do estate sales but have come across several prints. My client was in New Orleans in 70's in Catholic seminary. I've done appraisals for insurance and sales for 21 years but am baffled at these.
The development of intaglio printmaking is linked to the beginning paper production in Europe at the XIVth century and the work of goldsmiths and armourers.The german author Aloys Senefelder invented the lithography in 1796.Lithography is a technique of printing based on the immiscibility of oil and water.At top antique fairs we have attended, such as the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair in London, items must usually be at least 100 years old to be classed as antique. However, original prints made before about 1960 may be considered to be antique if they were not mass produced. The artist drew with oil or fat onto the surface of a smooth, level lithographic limestone plate.The stone was treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic etching the portions of the stone that were not protected by the fat.Buying and Collecting antique prints can be both affordable and fun.During the 1800s, from about 1820 through about 1895 huge numbers of prints were created for the 'average collector' who couldn't afford the extremely expensive original paintings of their favorite artists, but who still wanted to own a piece of artwork.Thanks to the laboratory's modern equipment, a painting can be subjected to analysis using infrared reflectography, Wood's light, a stereoscopic microscope, IR spectroscopy and other instrumental techniques.3 e 4 - Microscopic analysis to examine the signs of ageing in the paint layer: the nature of the craquelure (natural or artificial - deep or superficial), the pigments (crystallinity, purity and size), restoration and other factors.Wood's light and monochromatic lights permit an evaluation of the extent to which the painting has been restored, touched up and overpainted, as well as the identification of various fluorescent substances.7, 8 e 9 - Infrared reflectography permits an in-depth examination of the painting bringing to light underdrawings or grids, pentimenti, the depth of the craquelure, and identification of restoration work or the use of different materials.There are different approaches for determining the authenticity of antique paintings: - verifying authenticity through a purely stylistic evaluation - verifying the authenticity of a painting by means of objective tests of the ageing of the material - verifying the authenticity of a painting with the use of scientific instrumental methods.The combined results of the stylistic, material and scientific investigations will permit the establishing of the compatibility of the painting with presumed elements or its inauthenticity.The date of a Japanese print can often be ascertained from the censor seals on it - at least for prints which were sold publicly, and thus had to pass the censors.