(Or why does framing cost so much? )
A. Our matting and framing selections are of the highest caliber and reflect our desire to ensure our customers that the quality of framing matches the quality of the artwork purchased. Archival, conservation, acid free & forest certified are common descriptions of materials used.
A. In the early days of print making, printer’s plates would wear down over time. Because of this, the first prints off the printing press were the highest quality and were designated “artist’s proofs”. The artist’s proofs were considered to be the best prints within the edition and often the artist kept them.
Technology has changed quite a bit since the early days of printmaking. Today, all prints within a run of offset lithographic prints or Giclèe prints will be identical in quality. However, the tradition of having a special edition within the edition has stuck around. Today, the value of owning an arist’s proof does not relate to quality, it relates to the importance of owning rare portion of an edition. Most offset lithographic and Giclèe editions include less than 20% artist’s proofs. Because the art world loves rarity and since there are fewer artists’ proofs than regular prints, they are preferred by many collectors and most often they will cost between 20 – 50% more than a signed and numbered print from the same edition.