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--Thanks.Not trying to be a bother but what is the difference between a print-proof-engraving?

Thanks, keith-----------------------
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My wife just found a nimber of prints and paintings when her mother passed. One is titled 'bury hunt' by c. agar, j. maiden. It is nicely frames and appears to be a print. There is the word 'proof' written on one edge of the print and the date 1851. Should we try to have this appraised or is it just a common print ? Also, many very nice equine paintings and prints, framed, all from 'Mohr Galleries", Toledo, ohio. The pictures were gifts to her father from George Crosby (Toledo Industry Giant, 20th century). Some were hand painted by him. Any info is really appreacuyated.

Thanks, Keith Wallace
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Keith--there is no way I can tell if the pieces have any value, are prints, or whatever.  I certainly would take them to an appraiser qualified to determine at least if the proof you mention is a print or an engraving, whatever.

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A "print" is a catch-all phrase.  It may be nothing more than a reproduction, photographically or photomechanically produced in virtually unlimited numbers, from an original work of art by the artist.  In the art world, it means something else--an original graphic, made from plates/stones drawn on by the artist and produced in limited numbers.  A proof might be one of those.  An engraving is an original graphic, created by the artist carving with a sharp instrument directly into a plate, usually copper or zinc, which is then inked and paper pressed onto it, producing images [cousin to an etching, which also involves acid baths, too lengthy a process to discuss here]. Hope I helped rather than confused you.
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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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