Have you recently inherited or purchased a pen and ink drawing and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of pen and ink drawings. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your pen and ink drawing. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours. Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your pen and ink drawing? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.
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Pen and ink drawings are created by applying ink to a (usually) paper surface. Pen and ink drawings are usually characterized by the bold contrast of using black ink on white or lightly colored paper.
There are four traditional types of shading techniques that are used in pen and ink drawings:
Pen and ink drawing was a method historically used for artists to create studies for larger works however, in addition to being used and recognized as a medium for final masterpieces, artistic “studies” can also be considered finished and valuable works of art. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Peter Paul Rubens, Vincent Van Gogh, Egon Shiele, and Kathe Kolwitz are all exceptional examples of pen and ink artists and have had their works in pen and ink highly valued.
Ink can be applied to paper in a variety of ways. When ink is applied to paper as an aqueous solution (meaning-waster or liquid base), if too much water or liquid ink is added to paper (depending on the thickness of the paper) the paper can shrink or pucker as the medium dries.
Ink drawings are also subject to smudging and damage from dirt, so it is important to ensure that the finished piece is varnished with a fixative (if the original artist did not do this, consult with a conservator). This finish also gives the drawing a uniform look.
Additionally, pen and ink drawings are susceptible to the following forms of damage:
Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your pen and ink drawing based on its current fair market value:
Customers with pen and ink drawing expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.
For customers with pen and ink drawing valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.
To learn more about options for selling your pen and ink drawing through Mearto, please click here.
Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.