I have this lovely piece I got from a family friend (who inherited it from his cousin who passed recently). I don't doubt it's authenticity (although would appreciate any insight). I am however very curious when it was painted, and if it was ever displayed/for sale in a gallery/show setting. The original owner was an artist himself (from the Northeast), with an expansive and diverse collection. I have no intentions of selling, just a very curious collector here.
I am a McGee lover, not an expert (yet). From what I understand, this character style of his hasn't appeared for a while ('OD' eyes and a long nose), and the fact that he was still reppin' 3HT and 5AV must help pinpoint this a little, no? Of course, there are no other markings anywhere on the piece. If anyone would like more pictures please let me know. Thank you in advance for your time and help.
Barry currently does not have authentication process and you would be tasked with providing authenticity. Barry often traded art out of his gallery for favors and payment to assistants or other artists. For this reason only it is often comment knowledge to only purchase Barry pieces with a proven provenance.
Funny, I just had the same conversation with another collector the other day. I guess the conclusion was to try and contact Barry although it sounds like he may not do authentication... Maybe get one of the galleries that represent him to appraise it for insurance purposes if they are willing?
thanks for the input. it was in fact on ebay. the seller is a friend of my fathers.
i don't care how much it's worth. i want to know its history. it makes sense that it was originally used as a bartering chip, or something of the sort behind the scenes. if anyone has seen this before (besides on ebay!) please let me know.
Good luck, Im sure there is a great story behind the piece.
FYI for other collectors, I was about to purchase a barry BRIO piece from an ex-assistant of Barry, it was no doubt legit. I contacted Luggage Store, Roberts & Tilton, and Ratio 3. All came back with the same response.
They will only authenticate Barry works sold through their galleries.