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  • Artist Signature
    All signed limited edition prints bear the unique signature of the artist. The signature authenticates and guarantees each reproduction of the original painting. The artist will only sign each print when they are completely satisfied that is a true and accurate representation of the original.
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  • Board
    This is where a giclee printed edition on either paper or canvas is bonded onto board.  These pieces are then either mounted or slipped and framed for final presentation.
  • Boxed
    This is where the canvas is stretched over wooden stretcher bars which creates a deeper recess.  The canvas usually folds around on all sides.
  • Bronze Resin Sculpture
    These sculptures are cast from a mixture of natural compounds and coated in a layer of pure bronze. The artists original sculpture is used to create a mould to ensure the most accurate reproduction of the original.   The cast for these pieces is re-usable hence the ability to have a bigger(...)
  • Bronze Sculpture
    A bronze is also an original piece of artwork, whilst there will be a numbered edition each piece is made using an individual cast and hence it is an original in it’s own right. Bronze’s are made using the Lost Wax Process https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_sculpture The numbered edition(...)
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  • Edition Number
    The handwritten number on a limited edition print is vital as it guarantees not only the size of the print run but also the authenticity of the edition. Numbers are inscribed to indicate the number of the print within the total run – e.g. 3/95 would mean it is the third print in a set of 95(...)
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  • Framed
    Whilst we offer numerous framing options, some artwork is supplied pre-framed. These instances are usually where the artist is very particular about the frame used on their artwork or where the nature of the piece of art is too fragile for it to be sold without the frame.
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  • Giclée
    Giclée (/ʒiːˈkleɪ/ zhee-KLAY or /dʒiːˈkleɪ/) is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s but has since come to mean(...)
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  • Hand Embellishment
    This refers to artwork that has details added to it to enhance the piece – this can be with brush strokes with colour, glazing or in some cases gems or ornaments. When embellished the canvas has more texture and dimension and looks more like an original. This work is carried out by a team of(...)
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  • Lithograph
    This printing technique uses a planographic process in which prints are pulled on a special press from a flat stone or metal surface.  The surface has been chemically sensitised so that ink sticks only to the design areas, and is repelled by the non-image areas.  Lithography was invented in(...)
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  • Mounted
    Most paper limited edition pieces are mounted. A mount is made of card that varies in size depending of the size of the artwork, most are white cored and they sit as a decorative border to the print and for protection.
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  • Resin Sculpture
    This is the most popular material used in creating contemporary sculptures. Again, the artists original is used to produce the mould and this is then filled with a synthentic resin. Once set, the sculpture is handpainted by a team of experts under the artists guidance. The finished article is(...)
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  • Silkscreen
    A silkscreen is created by the long established method of a stencil printing process in which colour, usually paint or ink is passed through a fine screen onto paper.  The screen used comprises of a fine weave silk, or something similar, pulled over and secured to a frame.  The silk is then(...)
  • Slip
    A slip is the name given in the framing industry for either a wooden or plastic moulding that fits under the rebate of the main print to create a decorative edge or inside the recess of the frame. In most instances it is used on prints that are on board for both decorative reasons and protection.
  • Stretched Canvas
    This is where a piece on canvas is pulled and stretched over stretcher bars.  This gives the print a slight depth which is then usually finished with a slip and frame for final presentation.
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  • Unmounted
    In this instance, the print does not have a mount or slip on it.  Where you can order pieces of this nature you will have the option to add a mount or slip to it during the framing process.