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 Chevaux bleus (1966) By Salvador Dalí
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alefrenz
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Posted - May 06 2018 :  23:56:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear all,
first of all thank you for accepting on this forum.
Let me tell you form the beginning that i'm not an art expert or an "heavy" collector! :)

In fact i just bought my first Salvador Dali etching from Van Ham Auction house as a gift for a wedding. I hope they will like it!

I contacted Dali Foundation and they told me they do not authenticate multiples.

I would like to know from you guys what do you thing about the artwork. Do you think is authentic? Do you know how can i get a certification?

Here more details:

1) Medium: Colour etching

2) Support: Japan Paper

3) Size; 37 x 30.5cm (65 x 51cm)

4) Provenance: Van Ham Auction house (Germany), Private collector

5) Images: Attached

Thanks in advance for your help!
Regards
ale



ATTACHMENTS:
Lot 20.jpg
Lot 20_Signature.jpg

Vietato
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Denmark
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Posted - May 07 2018 :  04:01:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello ale,
The short answer is that you don’t need a certificate, just print Van Ham’s description of the lot and keep it with the print.

1 - Van Ham is a reputable auction house.
2 - In the auction description there is a reference to the number in the catalogue raisonné, where you can check if the properties are right:
Literatur:
- Michler, Ralf und Löspinger Lutz (Hrsg.): Salvador Dali - Das druckgraphische Werk 1924-1980, OEuvrekatalog der Radierungen und Mixed-Media-Graphiken, München 1994, WVZ.-Nr. 142b

3 - Cross references with other sales show that the edition of 100 (C in Roman numerals) on Japan paper is correct. There was also an edition of 150 on Arches paper.
http://www.redseagallery.com/artists/salvador-dali/featured-works?view=slider#3
4 - The signature seems authentic to me.

Another one from Van Ham (2006):
https://www.van-ham.com/datenbank-archiv/datenbank/salvador-dal/chevaux-bleus.html
and Swann Galleries 2012:
https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2292+++++510+&refno=++668404&saletype=

In my opinion there are not any indications of it being a fake, and therefore no reason to seek expertise for authentication.

Regards,
Vietato

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Edited by - Vietato on May 07 2018 05:14:56
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alefrenz
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Posted - May 07 2018 :  05:34:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for your prompt and positive feedback Vietato!
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Vietato
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Posted - May 07 2018 :  06:55:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're welcome!

I don't think you need to check with the catalogue raisonné in this instance, but I have been looking for an opportunity to give a little warning:
When an auction house makes reference to a catalogue raisonné it doesn't mean that they have actually consulted that catalogue - they just know from other sales that it is in there, with that particular entry number.

And sometimes the reference is wrong - just copied from another sale without checking the validity of the information.

And sometimes the reference is correct - but the artwork (print) at hand does not fit the description.

Mistakes and wrong assumptions are made, even by the big and reputable auction houses.

Regards,
Vietato

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