Following on from our recent blog post about Limited Edition Prints, another important aspect to consider as an artist, are certificates of authenticity. These can provide your customers reassurance in your product as well as protecting the integrity of your finished print and prove a vital part in the resale of your artwork. Certificates of authenticity are designed to protect and authenticate your fine art prints, these certificates add a perceived layer of value and trust to your customer.
What is involved?
Overall, there are typically there are a certain few things that should be featured on each certificate of authenticity, this includes;
Title of the artwork: arguably one of the most important features. What’s the name of your piece?
Artist: Again, as above, one of the most vital pieces. This if your ‘stamp’ and seal of approval on the certificate. This ensures your link to the work and gives you the recognition that you deserve.
The date: This may seem an obvious aspect, but it is worthwhile to at least add the year to the certificate of authenticity.
Certificate/print number: Particularly important if your print is part of an
edition. For example print number 1 of 500 – this information should be included on each of the certificates of authenticity – every certificate will then contain a different edition number. Each print will then have the corresponding number pencilled on to provide a pair! One certificate to one print.
Material/Printer/Inks: These are other variables that can add perceived value to your piece. By detailing the substrate printed on in addition to the quality inks, this highlights and ensures the archival qualities of your fine art print.
Finally, you, as the artist should sign the certificate in addition to signing the print too! Additionally, on the certificates of authenticity that we provide, you can find a declaration of intent, signed by both the artist and publisher.
How do certificates of authenticity benefit you?
By supplying certificates of authenticity with each of your prints you show your dedication as an artist and this can make your artwork easier to sell as well as potentially increasing the sales value. By having this document linked to your work, your customers can have the confidence in purchase. Sadly, there is no guaranteed way to 100% prove the piece is authentic further down the line when it comes to reselling, however, providing a certificate of authenticity provides good reassurance where possible. In addition to this, many companies, including fine art paper manufacturers and organisations such as ArtSure from the Fine Art Trade Guild offer services where you can upload details to an online register to give an extra level of confidence.
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