What condition are the prints in, How do you rate them?
This is an explanation of my rating system on condition of the Prints & Maps. I know it is difficult to clearly see the image from a photograph and I am trying to identify the best way to grade the prints. In most cases they are better in person than on the site. There are so many factors, and as you all know.... this is All antique paper with the patina of age.
Questions: How clean it is, How bright is the color, is it faded, minor tears in the edges of the paper. Most what I plan to offer on line will be only the better items. I have thousands of prints in the shop and don’t see the point in placing the dregs on line.
Excellent - maybe minor flaws in the paper texture, considering the age of the item. Usually rated at A+ to A-.
Very Good - Some minor flaws noted in the border areas only. Usually rated B+ to B-.
Good - Most areas are in average condition, given the age of the item. Rated C+ to C-
Poor - The item contains major defects in the paper, etc. Don’t worry I won’t be offering any of these on the site
Where do you get your Maps & Prints?
Not one source. At any one time I work with a number of estates handling their collections. I do take consignments of single pieces, as well as buy at auction and there are dealers that deal directly with the trade. I don’t go to yard sales, flea markets nor estate sales. They usually contact me.
Do you buy on eBay?
I don’t buy on eBay. To me It is impossible to know what you are buying from a photo. My experience has been to buy from established dealers and people who deal with antique prints all the time. Experts. I sell only things I personally have examined, I have to hold the image in my hand to know if it is real or not.
What happened to the Frame Shop?
The Frame shop has fledged.. and left the nest. Don't worry Kevin Parent has joined with Bonnie Deininger and moved the shop over to the corner of Ashley & Cannon Street. There will still be hand painted mats, Gold leaf and wrapped silk mats and everything is safe and to my standards. (see the article in the news section)
Directions to the Gallery
Directions from Columbia ( I-26 East)
Take the Meeting Street exit from I26 straight downtown on Meeting Street till Broad Street ( Four Corners of Law) Take a left at the light. One block at the next light is Church Street take a right. The Shop is a block and a half on right side of the street. 91 Church Street.
Directions From Mount Pleasant ( 17 South)
Take the East Bay exit from The Cooper River Bridge. Take a left on East Bay Street all the way downtown till Broad Street. (Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon) Take a right at light. One block at next light is Church Street take a left. (South of Broad) The Shop is a block and a half on right side of the street at 91 Church Street.
Directions From Savannah (17 North)
Take the Lockwood Drive ( South) exit off of the Ashley River Bridge. Take Lockwood till it turns into Broad Street. Follow Broad till you see Church Street (One block past St Michaels Church) Take right on Church Street The Shop is a block and a half on right side of the street at 91 Church Street.