As an artist, it is highly likely that you want to give your customers reassurance in your product as well as protecting the integrity of your finished print. That’s where certificates of authenticity come into play. 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?
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’ on the certificate. Ensures your link to the work and gives you the recognition that you deserve.
The date: May seem an obvious one but it’s worthwhile at least adding the year to the certificate of authenticity.
Small image of the piece: Immediately makes the certificate of authenticity linkable to the finished print.
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 the certificates of authenticity. 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.
Additionally, on our certificates of authenticity you will also 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 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.