At the latest Appraisal Clinic for the Crocker Art Museum I saw many interesting pieces.
The highlights included:
A yellow ware figural spill and match holder circa 1860 -1870.
Limoge hand painted fish platter and 12 plates.
“Pickard” decorated tea set.
Art plate set by Jean Cocteau. (Similar style to Picasso plates)
San Ildefonso Pueblo black pottery bowl signed Maria and Santana.
Lithographs by John Steuart Curry, and T. V. Richardson,
Paintings by California artists - Henry L. Richter, Dana Bartlett, George Bickerstaff, and Wayne Thiebaud (pronounced Tee-bow).
The Wayne Thiebaud piece was particularly interesting as the Crocker Art Museum had just the night before given a lecture on this famous Sacramento Artist. In the lecture they described how in the beginning of his career he set up a few easels and sold paintings at the State Fair. Then the next day a lady brings in a wonderful Silk Screen painting of his, that at the age of thirteen she bought at the State Fair in the mid to late 1950‘s. Which was obviously worth considerably more than the few dollars she originally paid.
How to tell prints from paintings
As so often is the case I had several people bring in pieces they thought were original art pieces, either lithographs or paintings, that were in reality prints. It can be hard to tell the difference when you do not know what to look for, so I thought I would try to give some examples to help.