Sunday, 3 February 2013
SG Boxsius: 'Spring' & 'Autumn' as sold on ebay
I sometimes wonder when buyers are given a link from an ebay lot to a post on Modern Printmakers what they make of it all. It is hard to say how much blogs like mine influence prices. They must raise the profile of artists, even if Boxsius has always been rated by the cognoscenti. But when these sales come up, I don't notice a rush on the half dozen or so posts about Boxsius where people really can get a better idea of what kind of an artist he was. But were the proofs of his Spring and Autumn as sold on ebay late this afternoon worth £232 and £216 respectively?
Just look at the condition of the paper. The dappling you can just make out is foxing - all around the margins. You can also just make out all large spots of foxing pretending to be little clouds above the trees. A proof of Spring in far better condition went for £90 less only a few weeks ago, so it really is farcical. This image is not rare as the seller tried to make out who presumably decided to give these two prints a go on the strength of the previous sale. It has come up three times in the past couple of years and I will tell you all now, it will be up again, better and cheaper and eventually, everyone will have all three.
You can be certain that Autumn was in even worse condition simply because the edge of the paper is hidden. One thing about Spring is this. It's not on such thin paper and the creases and ruckles do tend to look worse in a photo. The other two seasons, as you can see, tend to come on a fine, tissue-like paper, which gives the prints an utterly delightful atmosphere. (But not if it's foxed it doesn't). It looks very much as if Boxsius used a heavier hand-made paper for the Spring image because of the paleness of the colours.
When it comes to prices, I do sometimes wonder if I'm missing something. But then I tend to think, 'No, it's other people are catching up.' Time after time people write to me and say, 'I've loved my Boxsius prints for years'. It's those readers who deserve him.