New plaster pieces have look of ageBy Mark Chervenka
New plaster pieces have look of age
Wholesalers have offered more Art Nouveau and Art Deco plaster sculptures. Previous castings of Nouveau and Deco styles have typically been in synthetic resins (plastics) and have been relatively easy to detect with a careful examination. The new plaster pieces are not so easy to spot. Our samples show new plaster to be of quite good detail and quality.
Vintage plaster pieces were generally sold as inexpensive substitutes for more costly metal and fired ceramic originals. The quality of new pieces shown here is as good as most vintage originals.
The only advice we can offer at this time is to pay particular attention to highlighting. Most original plaster castings do not have much highlighting and if it is used, it is generally very close in color to the background color. With new pieces, the highlighting seems to be a strongly contrasting color. The dancer, for example, has unusual bright white highlights on an otherwise dull off-white background.