Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Certificates of Authenticity for Your Art

Is a Certificate of Authenticity important when collecting limited edition artwork? In a word, YES. For several reasons:
  • it certifies that you are buying a "real", authentic, authorized reproduction of the artist's work
  • it certifies the quality of the printing and inks used, and of the archival, acid free paper or canvas the work is produced on
  • it states the limited quantity of the production run
  • it guarantees that the prints are produced in limited quantities as a limited edition, therefore making it known that no additional prints will be made, once the stated number are sold out
The Certificate of Authenticity, should be numbered (to match the print) and hand-signed by the artist. When framing your print, the framer should mount the Certificate in an envelope on the back of the framed piece. That way, the Certificate is always with the art. Should the frame ever become damaged, the art print can be re-framed, and the Certificate moved to the new backing.

All of Michael's work, with the exception of his very early pieces, are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. If you have any questions, about the Michael Irvine prints in your collection, please do not hesitate to contact us. — Linda