Examine a Painting with UV Light Art Collector Use of Black Light
If you invest seriously, then you understand the concept of “due diligence.” Never was this caveat more applicable than in the purchase of art and antiques. But I constantly talk to veterans in the art field that think that looking at a painting with a black light is child’s play and that all you need to look for is a purple spot to ID the previous restoration.
Nothing could be further from the truth. There are so many reasons why a retouching would not show up under UV… and you, as a serious collector, MUST know the ins and outs of this diagnostic tool.
The painting in the video, above, is worth $X. I ask you, what is the difference in purchase price between the painting in virgin condition and the painting with the damage along the top as you have seen? My experience is, given the repairs, the price drops 10-30% depending on how rare and desirable the artwork is. So, just because the previous retouching didn’t glow purple and the fraudulent seller didn’t disclose the condition are you happy about paying 30% more? Maybe if this were a $300 painting you wouldn’t care… but its not a $300 painting. Yet, this condition was completely discoverable if you had received and embraced a bit of education.
Questions? Call Scott M. Haskins, Fine Art Conservator, 805 564 3438 email@example.com