MISREPRESENTATION

 

   Just like real estate ads have a way of making any house sound great, auction houses have their own buzz words that hide other meanings.  Do you really want a print that has “great potential”?  A real fixer?

HERE IS A RECENT LISTING:

If you read the section titled IS MY PRINT ORIGINAL, one of the first questions you'd want answered is whether the print is the correct dimensions. The listing states the dimensions of the frame and the dimensions of the mat opening (10 1/2" by 13 3/4").  An astute buyer would realized no information about the actual print was conveyed by these measurements.  "Dream" should measure  9 1/2" by 12 5/8".

 

Next, there is no mention of the margins.  Is the paper cut off behind the mat?  Held in place by masking tape?  Is the image glued to wood? Remember, many Escher images were originally sold at very low prices and treated the way many teenagers treat posters. Is there mold behind the mat eating away at the paper? Worms? 

 

Is "eigen druk" really spelled incorrectly? If so, it is definitely fake.  (The pencil signature is actually spelled without the "c" described above).  And why was Escher writing in German?  Clearly the auctioneer has little knowledge of Escher; he was Dutch.

 

Lastly, the print might be dazzling, but what are CUSTOMARY folds?  Escher did not fold his artwork.  If you are considering buying artwork it is probably because you want to look at it.  That means the image should be crisp; not faded.  No holes. No folds.  No water splotches.  The margins should be intact and clean.  This auction house refused to photograph the artwork out of the frame or mat and would not guarantee authenticity - a real “buyer beware”.


                                                           

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