Okay, here’s another “Edouart” on ebay. Ends today, It looks pretty good until you look at the signature…actually signatures as the piece is signed twice. So, students, what’s wrong with the signature(s)?
First, why would he sign it twice? It appears that the man was placed over the first signature so the artist felt the need to sign again. Edouart was too much of a perfectionist to have done something so unprofessional.
Second, it’s not Edouart’s signature. He signed his name with a superscript “n” at the end of his first name (as in Augn.–sorry but I can’t do superscript in this blog). He never used a superscript “t”. His first name was Augustin, not August as the early reference books call him.
I can’t see the color of the ink although it looks pretty dark. But look at the ink splotch in the word “Fecit”. Again, very unprofessional supposedly from a man who was the consummate professional. He also did not use a capital “F” in “fecit” preferring to use a non-capital.
Look again at the partially hidden signature. It appears to use both a superscript “t” and then a superscript “n” and has partially rubbed out the “t”. Again, this is not something Edouart would do.
The overall piece looks fairly much like Edouart’s work. But you have to be an investigator to avoid buying the wrong thing. You can see the ebay listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/311369590424?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT. It’s titled “August Edouart 1841 Silhouette of Man and Woman Signed Great Collectible”, it ends in 10 hours and it currently is at $450 with 12 bids.