Dating paintings frame
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In an e-mail, Steve asked for a few insider tips that would help him decide which oil paintings would and would not be worth buying for resale.
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.
These paintings are based on traditional styles and are sold at exorbitant prices.
Often the back, side, or inside of an object reveals more than the front. New frames are often painted or varnished, often with dust and dirt added to the mix, to simulate age.
If the painting is on a stretcher, examine it carefully. The aged finish on an old stretcher will feel smooth and have a dark, almost brown/black, surface color. If wood, their tone should match that of the stretcher.
Some are not, especially when there is not satisfactory light. Oil paintings should be examined in natural sunlight whenever possible.
Artificial light, especially fluorescent light, distorts color and hides damage, repainting, etc.