07 Aug '17, 4pm

7 important things to know about artist signatures

7 Signatures are important — but not essential When considering whether to invest in a work of art it is important to know whether an artist normally autographs their work. ‘If you have the choice it is always wise to favour signed over unsigned examples,’ advises Rachel Hidderley. ‘However it is crucial to remember that some artists — such as Stanley Spencer or Christopher Wood — never signed anything. So it pays to remember that sometimes you won’t find a signature at all, and nor would you want to.’ In research terms a signature is always one piece in a larger puzzle. ‘When we first see a work of art, of course the inscription is something we will take into consideration,’ says Angelica Pediconi, a fine art conservator and art historian who has worked with international dealers, collectors and institutions including the National Gallery. ‘Often something might be obscur...

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