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Over the years, references to paper prints, lithographs, canvas prints and the like have become confusing so the term “Fine Art Reproductions” encompasses all of these. Fine Art Reproductions are high-quality handcrafted replicas of original works of art that are made with excellence and adherence to a high standard of quality. In talking about Fine Art Reproductions, there are several kinds, styles, editions and formats; these are covered below.
Many people buy Fine Art Reproductions as a collectible or as an investment. While that is a great reason, the best reason to buy one of these beautiful Fine Art Reproductions is not for its special edition type but because the message of the piece speaks to you and conveys a message that you want to hang in your home or give as a gift. At Tapestry, our goal is that these reproductions will so faithfully echo the original painting and will speak its message to you so powerfully that you will want to bring one into your home so that it will serve as a daily reminder of God’s love and His message to all of humanity.
Lithographs (commonly called “Paper Prints”) are Fine Art Reproductions that are made using Offset Lithography. True lithography, a process of pushing inks and dyes through special screens is no longer widely used commercially so the term "Lithograph" is not really applicable today. Offset Lithography however takes an original piece of art and separates the colors using a scanner or digital camera which feeds the image into a computer or a press. Using this information, an offset press recreates all the colors in the original artwork. Additional tints or touch plates may be added to produce a print that is an exact match to the original painting.
A Fine Art Reproduction that is printed on canvas and often times better simulates the original painting because it is on material similar to the original. These Reproductions may be a “printed canvas” or a “canvas transfer”.
SNLE stands for Signed, Numbered and Limited Edition. Fine Art Reproductions that have this designation have been Signed by the artist, have a Number showing their place in the edition and are part of a Limited number of prints that were created in a particular edition. Many print editions will have one or more of these designators but having all three in an SNLE is the most exclusive type of readily available edition. The only editions more prestigious and rare are Proof Editions (such as an Artist’s Proof Edition).
An Artist's Proof is a selection of an already existing reproduction edition that has been certified by the artist to be of a superior quality in comparison with the rest of the reproductions. With their highly skilled eyes, the artists try to select reproductions that are without flaw and comprise the best reproductions from the print run. These highly sought after reproductions are rarely even 10 percent of the regular edition. Each reproduction will be signed by the artist with an “AP” or “Artist Proof”, followed by a number to indicate its place within the proofed edition. Because Artist Proof editions come from an existing print run, as opposed to being created separately, it is possible to have several unique combinations, such as an Artist’s Proof SNLE.
Giclée is a French term meaning "spraying of ink." Printing directly from information obtained from the original painting, specialized printers spray microscopic drops of color on to a fine art paper or canvas. Displaying the full color spectrum, Giclées have vibrant colors and a velvety texture. Giclées represent the highest commercially produced level of fine art reproductions.
Tapestry Direct is one of the first companies to ever offer Giclées that have been hand retouched by the artist himself. Many enhanced Giclées are done by a skilled enhancer rather than directly by the artist. A Tapestry Artist Retouched Giclée has been retouched with the same oil paints and brushes as the original directly by the artist who created it. This unparalleled reproduction is as close to the original as possible and each is unique.
A Fine Art Reproduction, whether on paper or canvas, is delicate and completely intolerant of sunlight, water and moisture. It should be handled as carefully as you would handle the original painting taking special care to avoid any contact with water or moisture. Please make certain that your hands are clean, dry and oil-free before touching it and if you alter the frame, you do so using acid free, museum mountings and ultraviolet filtered glazing. As with all Fine Art Reproductions, please hang it in an area that is free from strong light, direct sunlight or humidity. Because of the strict standards in every stage of production, your Fine Art Reproduction will provide many years of pleasurable viewing if handled properly.
The value of a limited edition print is unpredictable and is based upon the public demand for a particular image. When the print is sold out or an edition is closed, the value of a reproduction may increase if additional people still desire to purchase it. Limited editions and all other artwork should be purchased because you love the image and want to enjoy viewing it and its message everyday. If a print increases in value, then you’ll have an added bonus. However, many of the artist’s represented by Tapestry Productions have seen their reproductions increase dramatically in value once the edition has closed.
Most Fine Art Reproductions are made by hand every time we receive an order. Even so, many of our orders ship out within 1-2 weeks after your order is received. However depending on the time of year, orders may take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive. Your credit card will not be charged until your order is processed. Because most Fine Art Reproductions are assembled by hand when you order, sometimes it may take a bit longer during peak seasons of the year. However if you need your order to arrive by a guaranteed date; overnight, express shipping and RUSH services are available by calling Tapestry Productions direct at 877.Tap.Prod (827.7763) and speaking with our sales team (ext. 201).
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