Looking for Artful Vintage

by Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist 05/05/2019

Are you shopping for art for just the right piece to complete your décor? You'll find a plethora of art at vintage stores and antique malls. Some stalls cater specifically to old paintings, maps, or empty frames, so take a peak in all the kiosks and booths. But know what you're looking at before you go.

Paintings versus prints

It's easy to mistake a print for a painting when it is in an old frame and sold as antique or vintage. Don't misunderstand, a print, especially one known as a hand lithograph, can be quite valuable, and certainly be the perfect choice for your décor, but it's best to know the difference. Paintings have discernable brushstrokes while print reproductions have very tiny dots. Take a good look, up close and personal. The value in the painted art is that it is original. The value in hand lithographs is the work and detail involved. 

Lithographs typically come numbered and not mass-produced. Prints, on the other hand, when mechanically reproduced are less valuable than a lithograph with their evenly spaced dots and uniform color. But a print is still worth purchasing if it fits your décor, just know before you overpay for it.

What if it’s cracked?

Old paint cracks. That's part of its charm and value. The fine web-like cracks have a particular name: craquelure. In no way does craquelure indicate that there is something wrong with your painting. It often denotes your pieces is likely authentic and sought after by collectors.

Should I reframe it?

Original frames and the nails used to hold the painting in the frame and hold the frame together often contain vital information that dates the piece. If the wood has aged or the metal patinaed, that indicates the frame might be older. Often, framers placed a mark, label, or stamp on their work too, so if your frame or backing has such a mark, it might reveal, with a little internet sleuthing, the frame’s age.

What if there isn’t a frame?

While it’s nice to find the perfect piece in the original frame, some art makes its way to vintage shops because of a damaged or broken frame. Don’t be afraid to put an older print in a modern frame for an eclectic look.

Is it authentic?

When shopping at an antique mall or store, try to learn as much about the art as possible. The dealer might have information on where it came from, or how old it is. It may have come as part of an estate sale and could even have accompanying documentation to prove its age and ownership.

If you have the art, but no place to hang it, your real estate professional will happily help you find just the right place to showcase your collection.

About the Author

Author
Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist
Born in Chicago, IL and lived in the Northwest Suburbs. Moved to Tempe, AZ to attend college at Arizona State University. Graduated with Cum Laude Honors93'. My 9-year previous career was mostly in Law Enforcement with the Attorney General's Office, Phoenix Police Dept., and The Maricopa County adult probation Department. Over 19 years ago, I moved to Marco Island to enjoy a lifestyle and pursue a career as a Realtor®. I started my real estate profession by working as an assistant to a Top Producer for over one year to gain valuable experience. During the past 19 years, selling real estate has become my passion. I have since become a Top Producer myself for the past 18years and ranked #25 in total sales for the State of Florida within the Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty network 2015. I am committed to old-fashioned customer service, integrity, and professionalism. Awarded"Five-Star Customer Service Real Estate Agent" by Gulfshore LifeMagazine 14 years in a row. Numerous references are available upon request of my satisfied past and current clients. In June of 2016, Suzan retired from a 25 year career in women’s retail and joined her husband Jon Busch in his Real Estate business. Suzan was a District Sales Manager for White House-Black Market traveling to stores in Florida, the Caribbean, and at times all over the Southeastern United States. Her work life was all about being in the field traveling and managing up to 72 stores. She worked with her Store Teams to maintain the corporate vision and customer service level they are known for. As a native of Collier County, it was a dream job for someone growing up in such a small town (Naples) area! After 25 years it was time for something new and what better way to transition from selling women’s clothing and customer service than to go straight into selling Real Estate. It has been an amazing transition. Interacting with our customers is the best part! She has gotten her Marco Island Specialist Certification and loves to do Open Houses. She is great at meeting new people, getting to know them and helping them find their Marco Island dream home and life style! *Awarded #25 Realtor in the BHHS Florida Realty network in total sales for 2007 and 2015! •Certified Fine Homes Specialist, Property Disclosure, Fair Housing, real estate and Anti-trust. •Winner of Leading Edge Award for 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016,and 2017. Honor Society Award for 2001,2002, and 2010. Winner of Chairman Circle Gold Award (top 2% of Realtors) for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and2015. •Realtor Board member of the Professional Standards Committee, since 2002. •Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies, Minor in Pre-Medicine, Cum Laude Honors at Arizona State University, 1993. •Ed Klopfer Real Estate School Graduate 1999. •Advisory Board Member for Marco Island Prudential Florida Realty Office 2001,2004, 2005. •President Circle Award for top 2% in Sales within Berkshire Hathaway Realty Florida network 2016. •Sales Leader for 1st Quarter of 2018, in the Marco Island Branch Office. Certifications and Recognitions •REALTOR® licensed salesperson •Member of the Marco Island Board of Realtors •Associate member of the Naples Board of Realtors •Member of FAR (Florida Association of Realtors) •Member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) •e-Pro Certified • Marco Island Specialist certification MIAAR on May 30, 2014