How to Know if the Painting You Want to Sell Is a Reproduction or Real

Do you have a painting you want to sell but cannot tell if it is original or a reproduction? Well, before you list your supposedly valuable relic, do a bit of research first to determine its true worth.

You can quickly determine whether a painting is an original, a print, or reproduction by taking the following steps:

Research the Artist

Take time to know the artist and their work of art. This may include examining the painting from stylistic patterns and signatures. You can also check and analyze the colors that were valuable when the painting was made. If you have any doubts, contact an expert to do a close examination.

Use a Magnifying Glass

One effective way to quickly spot a print is to examine the painting’s surface with a magnifying glass. Ideally, prints come with tiny colored dots arranged in repeating patterns that occur throughout the painting.

Inspect the Back of the Painting

Turn the painting over so that you examine the material used to create the painting. A painting typically retains its original stretcher, which you can examine against the canvas it supports. Materials like canvas feature a specific look and feel that can give you clues on the actual painting age. Remember, when it comes to photos, old is gold.

An original photo is noticeable through its olden essence of the frame, canvas, and paint. If it is a new painting, you can easily detect it through the smell of the paint’s freshness. The old paint has charm and withering that confirms its authenticity.

Check for Brush Bristles

A cheap replica is easy to spot with brush bristles. Take a closer look at your painting for brush bristles that got stuck on it. An original work of art will not have any traces of brush bristles on its surface.

Look for Layering

An original painting has layering that is visible to the naked eye. A fake will not show any depth, and you should notice the difference quickly. You should also check on the paints to gain insights into their origin and type. If it is an old painting, remember there were fewer options available then.

Turn to Bodnar’s Auction to Sell or Buy Paintings and Other Art

At Bodnar’s Auction, our experts have a combined experience of over two centuries auctioning antiques and collectibles. Also, as lifelong collectors themselves, they can help you detect a fake and fetch a reasonable price for your piece. For more information about upcoming auctions, reach out to our auction house today!

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