What does it mean when something like this is advertised as "hand-
painted"? Does it mean that it's done with a stencil? Or does it mean
that the drawings are mechanically imprinted onto the object and
someone colors it in with their hand?
My guess is that things would cost more if they were really hand-
Either one could apply. Your image is too small to see detail, but the
style is one most commonly painted by hand with brush-applied colors.
The same style has colors that tend to be somewhat transparent, so that
overlapping brush strokes can be seen. Your image could also be just a
decal-type transfer ... if you cannot see brushstrokes, or see a pattern
in the colors, it is more likely (not absolutely) a decal.
There's this other company that sells the exact same stuff as the one
in the link, only from different molds. I have a big glazed frog and a
big cross from them. I didn't see the brush hairs (as far as I can
tell, that is). They probably are hand-painted, but maybe not with a
paint brush. They look like they were drawn with something similar to
chalk. The paint looks dabbed, but I don't know art (only what I like).
Chances are fairly good that the complicated parts are done by
decal, stamp, or machine, and the easy parts are painted by hand.
I'm not absolutely sure why it matters. It's mass-produced
stuff. It ain't ever going to be collectable art, so either
you like the way it looks, or you don't. What difference does
it make how it was done?
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