FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.- Do you have a qualified appraiser on staff?
A.- No. However, if it’s an artwork that we’ve sold in the past, we are able to provide current information on the work; there may be a fee associated with researching. If it is a work or artist we are not familiar with, we are not qualified to give an appraisal. For appraisal services, please find more information at the following links:
Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals – www.levisauctions.com
Masters Gallery – www.mastersgalleryltd.com
Q.- What is the difference between a print and a poster? Why are limited edition prints so expensive?
A.- The terms, print or reproduction, can refer to either. Prints are mechanically produced reproductions of an original work of art or photograph. The term “limited edition” or LE refers to a reproduction that is sequentially numbered by the artist. There should always be a certificate of authenticity accompanying the print to verify the total edition size as well as information regarding any other print types in the edition.
When the artist signs each LE print at the bottom, it is referred to as a signed limited edition or s/n. The artist will sign either beside the edition number or on the opposite side of the print on the bottom. It is sometimes hard to see as it has become quite common to sign within the image of the print rather than along the white border around the image. The higher prices placed on LE prints can be attributed to the fact that LE’s are “autographed” by the artist and are usually printed on high-quality acid-free paper, which adds to the cost as well.
A poster is a reproduction printed in unlimited quantities, usually using a lower grade of paper and inks. With posters, you will find the physical size of the item – not the artist’s name – will determine the selling price.
Q.- What is art inspired decorating?
A.- Art Inspired Decorating in enhancing your home with art. You can enrich your life greatly by choosing artwork for your home or office that particularly suits you. Not only is it attractive visually, but it can evoke a feeling, sooth spirit and make you happy every time you see it. Let your true colours show through your art choices. Each person has a different view of how artwork should be presented – whether it be multiple pieces hanging in every possible nook and cranny of the room or the simplicity of one bold piece hanging on a stark painted wall. While many of us are not actually artists, we can use our own unique artistic sense to choose a piece of artwork and to creatively place it within our homes.
Q.- What should I avoid when hanging my art?
A.- Light: Sunlight (direct and indirect) and fluorescent lighting is harmful to paper as well as to certain inks and colours. Incandescent lighting is relatively harmless. Use of ultra-violet filtering glass will reduce light damage, but sunlight and fluorescent lighting should still be avoided.
Heat: Do not hang works of art near heat sources such as radiators or heat registers, or on walls with flues.
Humidity: Above 70% relative humidity encourages mildew; below 30% relative humidity encourages brittleness. Try to hang your art in a room with midrange relative humidity, dehumidify or air condition rooms where works are hanging.
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Q.- Why is matting important?
A.- Matting, the colored border around your art, is used not just for colour but also to keep the glass from coming into contact with the art and to provide a space for air to circulate. Differences in temperatures can cause condensation to form inside the glass, which could lead to mold or mildew as well as damage to inks and colours.
Placing the art directly against the glass can also result in wrinkles or “buckles” from expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.
If moisture does happen to get inside the frame, it can also cause your art to stick to the glass. When you try to remove the glass, it usually results in tearing the art.
Using the right kind of mat is also important. Beware of using a non-acid-free mat if you want to preserve your art for a long time. Non-acid-free mats are made from ground wood pulp which contains high levels of acid that can transfer to papers that come into contact with it. Art framed with this type of mat will eventually absorb some of the acid, resulting in a yellowish-brown burn line along the inside edges of the mat. Backing your art with cardboard has the same negative effect.
When conservation framing is required, an acid-free mat made from cotton fibres or chemically purified wood pulp along with an acid-free foam core for the backing are preferred.
There are many shortcuts to make your framing less expensive, but you have to decide if you are willing to take the risk of damage to your art.
Q.- What is non-glare glass?
A.- Non-glare picture framing glass is etched to diffuse reflected light. The etching process also gives the glass surface a matte finish.
Q.- It’s just a poster, why would I need UV protection?
A.- Even posters and open edition prints are candidates for UV filtering glass because the inks, papers and other materials used to create them are more likely to deteriorate than those used in higher end reproductions.
Q.- My windows have UV coating, should I still use UV blocking glass?
A.- Yes, unfortunately the sun is not the only source of harmful UV light rays. All light sources, whether natural or artificial, have some of their components in the ultraviolet range.