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"Circuit des Ardennes Belges"

1906

by Montaut

Large image 17 3/4" x 35 1/2"

The image shown is for illustration purposes only, please do not rely upon this image to make your purchasing decision. Each piece that we have for sale is individually described and priced, and you should give careful consideration to those descriptions prior to making your purchase.  If you require additional information or an electronic image of the piece that you are considering, please call or email us. We would also suggest that you read the additional information at the bottom of this page.
  • The piece retains its original size of 17 3/4" x 35 1/2", there is no cropping and it appears that it has never been framed. The edges have some dust staining and minor chips and tears from years of storage and handling but nothing that is objectionable.  There is plenty of margin around the image and these minor edge defects will be easily covered in the framing process.  The paper is still bright but just starting to show some toning and, as a result, the title and subtitle are slightly faded (they are always the first to go!) but they are easily legible.  The image is still vibrant and retains a great contrast.  Overall, we would give this piece a strong very good or better rating for condition, price is $1,500.00 plus S&H.

CONDITION AND PRICE RANGES

The normal condition that these pieces are found in will almost always include a brownish toning to the paper, the colors will likely be muted, they may have been cropped and there may be mat burns, toning and staining from previous acidic framing materials. Approximate pricing in this condition will be in the $300.00 to $800.00 range depending upon desirability of the image and the rarity of the piece.

Occasionally, pieces will be found in excellent condition having been stored unframed and unexposed to damaging light sources. In this condition they will have almost white backgrounds with vivid image colors and they always command top prices. This is particularly true for the more desirable and rare images, which in pristine condition can fetch thousands of dollars. Therefore, it is not practical to provide a meaningful price range for pieces in outstanding condition, as the image becomes the determining factor.

CAUSE AND EXPLANATION OF ( NORMAL ) CONDITION

Consideration must be given to the fact that these pieces were produced at the turn of the century and that their predominant use was a decorative poster. The paper is of a type that is similar to newsprint and it will ultimately take on a brownish tint even if kept in a drawer! In addition many were originally framed using acidic matting and backer boards, causing staining and premature darkening of the paper.

The majority of these pieces were displayed without regard to their longevity. They were hung in locations that subjected them to direct sunlight and in later years they were exposed to fluorescent lighting. After almost 100 years in these harsh environments the colors have faded and in some extreme cases they have been totally bleached out.

In addition, it is not unusual to find pieces that have been cropped to remove edge damage or to fit into an inexpensive “off-the-shelf” frame. Also, many of them have suffered insect or damp damage and even “self-inflicted” damage due to the high level of acidity in the original paper.