Do you understand the difference between an original print and a limited-edition print? A few might claim that they are one and the same as far as originality goes, but you could easily purchase a limited-edition print which isn’t an original work of art. An original print, as a result, is essentially created by hand from a stencil or plate that’s been hand produced by the artist to be able to generate the finished result. You will see that the artist signed the original in pencil as a fraction number, to indicate it is part of the total edition. Quite simply, it could be 24/100, which means that the print itself is 24th within the edition of one hundred. In these situations the artist is very much hands on with regards to this entire process and he or she will often experiment before being satisfied with the plates used to generate the final product. The final printer’s proof is also called a BAT.
Remember that the limited-edition print might not be the work of, directly, the artist as outlined above. It could be a straightforward reproduction from a painting or drawing and even though it may be signed yet again by the artist, it might not be the direct work, as such, of the individual.
Nowadays, with our sophisticated levels of technological innovation it’s quite possible to produce digital files of an image kept on a computer in the process known as Giclee’s. Other transfer techniques are tending to blur the line between what could be labelled as an original print and a reproduction. Purists argue on both sides of the equation and it’s correct to say that whenever you buy signed limited edition prints as a fine art investment you ought to have a reasonably clear idea of how that item might have been produced in the first place. This will provide you with a very clear sign of the value and just how it may help you to raise the final importance of your collection as time goes by.
Whenever thinking of diversification of your biggest investments it’s really worth your while looking at fine art as part of this. Numerous studies show that art collections can help you to get a 10% compounded return over a lengthy time period, which is pretty much as good or superior to a lot of the major stock market indices. Actually, with the stock market being as unstable as it is right now a lot of authorities consider that you need to shift a few of your investments into other places which may be somewhat less susceptible to current, political and economical machinations.
Although no one can predict the future of course and there’s always a particular element of risk no matter what you plan for your economic future, individuals who diversify into art this way often say that they believe they may have a more involved and hands-on approach and consequently feel as if they are somehow contributing more to their potential gains. Somehow the events of recent years should make all of us think that we need to be more “in control!”
David Tatham, fine picture dealer for over 25 years, has a detailed knowledge of Sir William Russell Flint’s biography. Signed, prints and drawings can be viewed and purchased from the website. http://www.russellflint.org