The IFPDA defines an original print
as a work of art which has been conceived by the artist to be realized as a print and created using the artistic medium of printmaking. A fine or original print is not a reproduction of a work that originated in another medium, such as a drawing or painting. In evaluating prints, connoisseurship matters—note physical characteristics such as watermarks, print quality, paper quality, ink surface, estate stamps, printers’ chops, signatures, and edition numbers. Our Member Dealers are the leading experts in their fields of expertise and will be able to provide you with a full description of a print you purchase including information on the artist, title, date, image and sheet size, catalogue references, condition, state
, paper type and quality, watermarks
, and provenance
. All of these items can factor into the value of the work at hand.