FAQs

0. Why should you buy a fine art reproduction?

We want you to own a piece of art that Picasso, Monet, Dali, etc. approved or touched for a reasonable price. How amazing is that? In addition, they are plate and color matched ( to preserve the quality ) by either the artist or trusted print master from the original painting. It is not what you see today, with the copy and paste or upload to Photoshop. 


For example, the works we own are unframed, over 50 years and been moving from a shelve to shelve so we can find your purchase.

Today,  the giclee, digital prints, etc. are mass produce, therefore the quailty is lost.

 

1. What is an original print (lithograph, serigraph/silkscreen print, etching, engraving, linocut, woodblock)?

    The artist, or print master creates the print of the original artwork. Several factors makes it an original print:
    The artist is involved
    The artist is alive during that time period

    2. The term vintage print is a loose term. Typically, these are old prints from the original artwork, photography, or drawing.?

    It is when the artist is not involved in the printmaking process, For example, if the artist is not alive, the printer needs permission by their estate. In addition, it's used when there is an unknown print date. However, it is clear it is an old print. Some tell signs of a vintage prints (before 1990) :

    • 1. The paper. 
    • 2. If you see browning around the borders.
    • 3. When you see foxing ( brown small dots ), thick amount of dust, and or dirt 

    3. What is an original print (lithograph, serigraph/silkscreen print, etching, engraving, linocut, woodblock) ?

    These are authorized and authentic reproductions by the artist, or print master creates the print of the original artwork. Several factors makes it an original print


    4. Is the Artist involved,?

    Yes, for the originals, in most cases, he or she is alive during that time period .

     

    5. What is an vintage print?

    The term vintage print is a loose term. Typically, these are old prints from the original artwork, photography, or drawing.

    It is when the artist is not involved in the printmaking process, For example, if the artist is not alive, the printer needs permission by their estate. Therefore, making these are authorized and authentic reproduction. In addition, it's used when there is an unknown print date. However, it is clear it is an old print. Some tell signs of a vintage prints (before 1990) :

    • The paper. 
    • If you see browning around the borders.
    •  When you see foxing ( brown small dots ), thick amount of dust, and or dirt


    6. 100% Customer Satisfaction 

    We are committed to quality products and your satisfaction. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days of receipt and receive a free replacement or a full refund for the price of the product.

    7. Wall Print?

    An offset lithography print can be seen in your everyday magazine. These prints we offer are rich and full of color a gives the artwork its lifelike appearance. 

    8. What is a publishers proof?

    A publisher’s proof (PP) has a limited run by the printer/master printer. 
    In some cases, they can add more value to a print, or just the same as a artist proof (AP).
    Publisher proof edition sizes are very small runs; normally between 10 to 20 runs.
    They are not always numbered or dated. Here is one example 1/5 PP

    9. Who is New York Graphic Society?

    New York Graphic Society (NYGS) was a publishing company owned and started by Anton Friedrich Schütz in 1925. He was a German-American artist known for his etchings.

    Collotypes, Serigraphs, Lithograph, and etc, are in fact reproductions. NYGS was known for printing and publishing the highest quality reproductions. They have had been quoted as being "the closes to the paintings," from many buyers and collectors.

    They are museum prints, or the artist approved the plates, and the artist approved the proofs as well. 

    These are not reproductions of today. As many people say, "they don't make them like they used too." These are high quality and rare works of art. The 
    reproductions have had the greatest minds in art and printing work on them.

    10. Why are some print dates, painting dates, and other information not available for the artist?

    The obtain this information is time consuming, costly, and tedious. Thanks to the united state copyright registry has made all copyright documents available online for public reviewing. However, the est. completion date ( from the last time I checked ) is 2020. This makes it easier for authentication. If the information is missing we was unable to obtain it from there database as of yet.

    11. What does after the artist mean ?

    The work was made by another artist, based on an original work by the named artist.

    12. What does In the manner of mean?

    The work is done in the manner of the named artist but after their death.

    13. What does in His circle mean?

    The work was made by another artist but during the lifetime of the named artist.

    14. What does a Replica mean?

    The artist him/herself made this work as a replica of their own, previous original.

    15. What does Attributed to the artist mean ?

    This is an original work, but is not prepared to guarantee this.

    16. What does in His studio mean?

    The work was made in the artist's studio and possibly under their supervision.

    17. What does Follower of mean ?

    The work was done in the manner of the named artist, during their lifetime or later.

     18. A poster print is NOT a lithograph, gravure serigraph and etc?

    A lithograph is a painstakingly chemical process. They are highly collectible and superior to a basic poster print.

    There are different types of lithographs and gravures. In Addition, they are also collotypes, etchings, engravings, serigraph, linocuts, etc

    Scott Lane from Colson Art Printing gives a fair non'bias explanation between a lithograph and giclee

    Link

    Disclaimer: I am not endorsed by Colson Art Printing. They gave the best visual example

    19. Things to know about a fine art reproduction?

    Fine art prints art doctumented in the catalogue ( some examples: U.S. Trademark, SPADEM,FCA,FAA,SPADEM,ADAGP, UNESCO) in the country where the artist lived. 

    Compare the measurements documented image ( ask the seller to provide the image size, "there are times I am lazy and I only put the paper/sheet size." 

    A good book is Goethe's to compare size, platemark, price and provenance. 

    Again, lithographs, silkscreens and woodcuts are usually measured by the image size itself (or by the total size of the sheet/paper if there are no margins).

    Heliogravure, photogravure, typogravure or collotype reproductions are often reproduced in a size smaller than the original, these are more valuable then lithographs and giclee

    20. How do we Price?

    Answers the questions, I can't see myself paying $375 for a reproduction? Millions of people been doing it for over 55 years. It is 

    a consistent trend......

    Pricing is based on [(retail) ~ year of production (inflation)] +/- condition × rarity = price

    Example: reproduction in 1966 sold wholesaled at $18 retail $30
    [$250] very good +50 = 300 x .25 (slightly) =
    $375

    We have publishers price sheets of how much the reproductions sold to market in that given year. Therefore, if a item sold for $12 In 1930, it does not sell for $12. There are inflation calculators apps and on the web. 

    Some pieces may be more or less: due to out dated copyrights (mass print on demand, availability, and recently sold)

    * it more complex, however this is fair. Some of the first paintings from the greats sold for pocket change, or never sold like Van Gogh; today they sell for millions.

    ** Simple example: gas in 1950 was 25 cents a gallon, today its 2.50 cent a gallon or more: that is a 1000% mark up. It is disrespectful not to sell these pieces for their inflation value. I have the documented retail catalogs of how much these fine art reproduction sold for.  

     

    21. How to find information about an artist artwork for authentication ?

    Auction houses, galleries, collectors, and the public has access to the Catalogues raisonnés — it is free. It gives a scholarly compilations of an artist's body of work. The limitation is that it is only updated up to the 1980s.  

     

    22. What is a Rotogravure-Héliogravure-Heliogravure?

    It is the oldest procedure for reproducing photographic images, invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niepce.
    There are 2 steps, photochemical procedure that create the intaglio surface, the photographic image is fixed and etched to a prepared copper plate. The image is printed onto dampened etching paper using special inks ( traditional method)
    The transitions from light to dark are modulated. Even when examined under a magnifying glass, a héliogravure betrays no screen pattern, unlike images printed using industrial methods such as offset, letterpress or rotogravure.
    Héliogravure is in the same family of intaglio printing techniques as engraving, etching and aquatint. Héliogravure is considered an original, and its value is accordingly assured