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No! I get emailed every week regarding charity silent auctions or limited numbered prints that people find online. They have been selling silent auction prints all across Canada for years. These have absolutely no value aside from decorative value and the frame. Do not be fooled by limited edition or numbered prints, these are not from Maud Lewis, they are from random companies. If it's a paper print, it has no value.
Bill Ferguson got legal permission directly from Maud and Everett in 1962 to get Copyrights to make reproductions for some of her images. Every print is made by hand by an experienced silkscreen artist, made with premium boards and paints, and designed to last a lifetime. Only very skilled artists have the experience, knowledge and equipment to make quality silkscreen images with up to 9 colours.
They are not individually numbered but they were limited. All 9 silkscreen images starting from 1982 and ending in 1995 were limited to a production of 500/image. I do not have documents to show the exact number on how many of the early 1962 silkscreen were made, but it was far less. There were no prints produced between 1968-1980 as Bill moved to Ontario in 1968 and returned to Nova Scotia in 1980.
My prices on the 1982 prints are solely based on quantity remaining. All images were first priced the same. So images that are the most expensive, I have the fewest left to offer before I am completely sold out.
No, he hired a professional silkscreen artists to produce the prints by hand. My records show that Neil Waddington was the silkscreen artist who made all of Bill's first reproductions in the 1960's. So if you have an early silkscreen, it was made by Neil Waddington who resided in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. I do not have records of the silkscreen artist that Bill used in the 1980's-1990's.
Very, most images are 9 colours, meaning 9 different stencils were used each separated by colour and applied one at a time until a full image was created.
Besides the obvious of the 1962 prints being much older and rare, they were also made while Maud Lewis was still alive. The 1962 handmade reproductions were meant to be as close as an original as possible, using the same 5mm beaverboard that Maud used, and the same dimensions. Because Maud never increased her prices, it actually cost more for someone to buy a reproduction from Bill then it would be to buy an original from Maud. For this reason, Bill stopped making prints until the 1980's when prices had gone up on Maud's originals and there was then a demand for prints. The 1980's-1990's version of prints were done on ether 2mm illustration boards or a thick card stock. I believe in 1962 Bill exclusively only made two images (Deer in Winter and Brace of Oxen, Summer) and starting around 1982 it expanded to 9 images. Both generations of reproductions in 1962 and 1980's-1990's are all handmade by silkscreen artists.
Due to the increase in popularity for Maud Lewis paintings, there is an increased supply of fakes and online scams that are very hard to distinguish between real and fake. I take the process of buying Maud Lewis original paintings very seriously, and if I have any doubts about the authenticity of a painting, I will not purchase it. The first thing I do to check the authenticity is to see digitals of the image. This will normally allow me to identify fakes very quickly by viewing high quality digitals. If I am convinced it looks correct, I will then send the digitals off to a local expert to get a second opinion. Once I am convinced the painting is authentic, I will then arrange to purchase the painting in person. Wether it's in another Country, or local, I will always purchase a painting in person just to be 100% sure I know what I am getting. Lastly, after I purchase the painting, I will immediately take it to Zwickers Gallery in Halifax to examine the painting and provide written authentication. Zwickers Gallery has been authenticating Maud lewis paintings for over 50 years and is highly respected for being the top Maud Lewis experts in Canada. If I were to purchase a Maud Lewis that was already authenticated by another gallery/auction, I would still go to Zwickers to get it authenticated again. When someone purchases a Maud Lewis from me, then can rest assure that they are getting an authentic painting that has been authenticated by only the top experts in Canada. I would also highly encourage anyone who is nervous, to contact Zwickers Gallery to verify they have authenticated the painting I am selling.
Yes, although I work out of my home, I love when people come over to look. Reach out anytime to schedule a visit. I am in Timberlea, Nova Scotia.
First and foremost, please send clear photos, dimension and any relevant details regarding the painting. Send to my email Chad3484@live.ca or text 9028022626. As soon as I receive the photos and verify the painting is authentic, I will immediately make an offer. I am very easy going, so I can always work with the seller to pay in the form of payment that is most comfortable for the seller. I will pick up the painting and pay in person. Simple as that. Every painting will have a different value, it all comes down to the year it was made, the image and condition.
I will buy almost anything that relates to Maud Lewis older then 1999. I love things like silkscreen prints, newspaper articles, letters, photographs, old books by Lance Woolaver, original paintings and cards, Everett Lewis paintings and paintings by Fred Trask and Joe Norris. If you have something you would like to sell, or just want it authenticated, feel free to reach out anytime.
Shipping is a flat rate of $30 regardless where you live in Canada and how many items you buy. I try to use UPS when ever I can, and will use Canada Post as a back up. Shipping time is normally 2-5 business days and I will ship out same day if placed before 12pm local time. I ship all my prints in boxes with lots of bubble wrap and I also include a letter of authentication for the prints.
My website accepts all credit cards. I also accept e-transfers, bank wires, and cash.
No, unfortunately prices you see on the website are accurate and are not negotiable. However; if you are buying multiple items, I will often include some freebies in the order :)
Tax is included in my prices. The only other cost is shipping which is a flat rate of $30 in Canada wether you purchase 1 item or multiple. International shipping is added at checkout.
Although I use a lot of bubble wrap and care with shipping, accidents can happen. Send me photos and I will work with you to replace the frame and/or print.
No. I do not add insurance to any packages that I ship out, wether it's a print or a painting. I use UPS and package each box very well to ensure it arrives safely. Added shipping insurance would be at the buyers expense.