A batch of identical prints with no limit on the number that
may be produced. If the publisher runs out of an open edition
they will just print more. Some open editions are signed by the
artist, but in many cases they are not.
Limited edition: L/E
A batch of identical prints, limited to a given number of copies.
For instance, a limited edition of 500 simply means that only
five hundred copies of the print will ever be produced. Each
print in a limited edition is signed by the artist and individually
numbered, i.e. 27/450 would be the twenty seventh print of an
edition limited to four hundred and fifty copies.
Artist's proof: A/P
Essentially identical to the description above, except the edition
size is generally no more than 10% of the regular limited edition.
Occasionally an a/p will bear an extra signature or two, but
in the vast majority of cases the only difference between the
regular limited edition and an artist's proof is the serial number
Publisher's proof: P/P
Just about the same thing as an artist's proof, although it is
slightly more common for a publisher's proof to be issued with
additional signatures, and / or companion prints. This is by
no means universal, many P/Ps are no different from an A/P or
L/E except for serial number and price.
An original drawing, drawn directly onto a print. In most cases
these drawings appear just beneath the image area of a print,
in the signature border.
Giclée is a French word meaning, "a spraying
of pigments" (pronounced "zhee-clay"). In terms
of art work, a giclée is a piece that has been produced
using bubble jet printing technology, although the printers used
for this are of a much higher grade than the normal home computer
version, and produce superior image quality when compared to
lithographs. Giclées are most commonly offered on canvas,
or on water colour paper.
When all copies of a print have been sold, the only way to
obtain a copy is to purchase it from a collector who is offering
one for sale, or from a dealer who has bought one from a collector,
these transactions are termed 'secondary market'. Almost invariably,
secondary market prints are sold at a higher price than the original
issue price, in some cases many times higher.
This simply means that all available copies of a print have
been sold. Occasionally you will see a notation "sold out
at the publisher", when a publisher lists a print as sold
out it doesn't necessarily mean that it is no longer available,
one or more dealers may still have the print in stock.
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