Frequently Asked Questions
A limited edition is a series of identical prints, which are limited to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces. The artist determines the size of the edition, and usually signs and numbers each individual piece.
Silkscreening, which was introduced around 1907, is also known as serigraph printing. During the process, a stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. Unlike photo-offset, silkscreens (serigraphs) allow the artist to vary the colors and patterns while printing.
A different screen is used for each color in the print, and this results in a print with great color density and many qualities of the original piece in terms of color saturation. This process also adds some texture to the final product.
By their nature of being limited in number, demand for certain limited edition prints can be greater than the number of reproductions produced for the edition. Once an edition is sold out from the publisher, which means that the print is no longer available from the publisher but may still be available from an authorized dealer, the prints are considered to be on the Secondary Market. This means that the print can be bought and sold by any dealer or individual, often above issue price, depending on supply and demand.
The premium price of limited edition serigraphs is a function of the limited supply of each product, and the exceptionally high quality of these prints. Typically, the more manually intensive the process is, and the smaller the edition size, the more each limited edition print will cost. Of course, the size of the print, number of colours used, and last but not least, the popularity of the artist play into this as well.
A small group of prints set aside from an edition for an artist's use. Typically some of the first prints pulled from a limited edition of prints are marked as an A.P. and (sometimes) left unnumbered. Artist's proofs generally draw a higher price than other impressions.
A remarque is a personal message or image added by the artist to the design. A remarque increases the value of a limited edition serigraph due to this unique feature.
A very small group of prints set aside from an edition for a printer's use. Printer's proofs are very low in numbers and therefore are very hard to come by.
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