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hi,

i purchased a collotype by degas that claims to be executed and printed in 1898.  i understand it's not an original piece of art and at most its value is decorative, but wondering how difficult it would be to confirm that the print is in fact over 100 years old and how much of a difference that would make in value, if any.  thank you for your time.

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Hello Melissa, By definition a collotype is a photo mechanical process. A sensitised plate or sheet of gelatin, etched by actinic light, produced an impression which absorbs printerís ink in proportion to the action and level of light. Commonly used between 1870 and 1914.  The collotype you have is a reproduction of one of Degas' drawings but since it was not created or printed by Degas himself it is irrelevant how old it is for even if it is over 100 years old it was not produced by the artist and therefore has no fine art value.

Cheers, Brent

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Brent Luebke

Expertise

19th Century to modern Canadian and western European fine art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and original prints.

Experience

Sixteen years as an art dealer in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

Organizations
Edmonton Executive Association

Publications
Edmonton Journal newspaper, various online art websites.

Education/Credentials
Post secondary art history.

Past/Present Clients
Art Gallery of Alberta, University of Alberta, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada.

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