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Opinions Wanted PETER MAX

GreenTea

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
This is a situation I've had to deal with so many times, and I always wish I had a Ph.D. in art appraisal.
A customer has a PETER MAX original signed SERIGRAPH "Peach Lady" lithograph that is not in very good condition. She wants my opinion on whether or not to have me try to "clean it up" and frame it. A good condition version of this lithograph costs anywhere from $3,000.00 to $$10,000.00. This particular one however is water damaged, creased from having been rolled up and crushed, and the worst part - the color is faded due to (probably) water damage.

What do you guys do when your in this situation? Is there a conservator out there in Grumbleland that might be interested in working on this piece?

My usual modus operandi is to do my best and frame whatever. I will only do that if the owner releases me of liability, and of course is fully aware that I am not a conservator. I've had good results with the work I've done. This particular piece however might be valuable, and therefore something that might best be served by an actual conservator.

Thanks for your help!
 
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RParrish

PFG, Picture Framing God
Don't make the customer's problem yours, by messing it up further, liability waiver or not.
 

wpfay

Angry Badger
Serigraph or Lithograph? Makes a difference in both value and restoration processes.
The cost of a binding waiver from a reputable attorney will exceed the cost of framing.
 

GreenTea

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Serigraph or Lithograph? Makes a difference in both value and restoration processes.
The cost of a binding waiver from a reputable attorney will exceed the cost of framing.
I think it's a lithograph. And I agree with the general consensus - I think I'll pass on this one!

Thanks for the input and suggestions!

:smiley:
 

mbboston

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
We recently restored and framed Peter Max poster 78" x 56", it was in a rough shape.

 

Randyman

Grumbler in Training
This print on eBay

I did a search for this item on Google. I found a framed version that supposedly sold on eBay in September for $2,995.00 and another that sold last week for $560 --both framed and from the same seller. http://www.ebay.com/itm/280993680972 Interesting that both prints show the same number --290/300. Not only wouldn't I mess with it I'd advise the client to do some digging to find out what the real world value of this image is --especially since one in "excellent condition" (as described by the eBay seller) recently fetched $560 framed!
 

Dave

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Is she all about the value of the print or just wanting to frame it for her own enjoyment? If about value, send her to a conservator and have her weigh the cost of conservation versus the resale value. Better yet, develop a relationship with a conservation studio that allows you to make a small margin to garner the framing.

If for her own enjoyment, frame the sucker to standards that will not further deteriorate the print and move on.
 

wpfay

Angry Badger
Please check dates on threads before replying. This thread is almost 3 years old.
 

cvm

PFG, Picture Framing God
...and it was on its way back into oblivion and then you (and now me) brought it back up to the top.
 
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