Signed limited editions accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
FINE ART PRINTS
A fine art print is a very high-quality print on art paper. Like a lithograph, photograph or etching, digital fine art prints allow artists to produce their works as a limited series of numbered and signed editions.
“Giclée” printing using pigment-based anti-aging ink on art paper (Photo Rag®, William Tuner®, Somerset®) guarantees exceptional images. Their high resistance to light is a measure of their quality, ensuring they will last.
Desplans produces its fine art prints at two art printers in Paris and Stockholm.
THE ARCHITECT’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRINT PRODUCTION
The architect is involved in all stages of the production process, in the same way as a lithographer or a photographer would be. The finishes are chosen by Desplans and the architect together. They decide on the formats, colours and papers that are most appropriate for the work.
Each certificate of authenticity shows the architect’s signature, the print number and the total number of copies, confirming the quality of execution and rarity of the works.
The first printed copy is stamped BAT (approved for printing) once the architect is satisfied with the result. Before being numbered and signed by the architect, each copy is compared to and assessed against the BAT copy.
The copies are given a number out of the total number of prints in the series, e.g. 25/100 for the 25th copy of a work printed 100 times. Some copies are stamped EA (artist’s collection) and HC (not for sale); these are reserved for the architect and Desplans.
Similar to a lithograph, the average Desplans print run is around 100 copies.
– “Brushed aluminium black frame”: this option offers a classic frame for the work, 100% aluminium, acrylic glass and rings attached to the back. Available for all formats;
– “Natural wood frame”: this option offers a classic frame for the work, made of 100% solid oak wood certified as sustainable, with rings attached to the back. Available for all formats;
– “Aluminium mounting frame”: this option gives a very ‘clean’ look when the work is hung, as it is mounted directly on 3mm Dibond; the wooden stretcher frame sets the work away from the wall. The work is printed on anti-UV, anti-aging and anti-smudge art papers, meaning that it needs no glass to protect it.
– “Frameless”: the print is delivered with two clamps that can be nailed to the wall. For the larger formats (A1 and A0), the clamps are made of oak (4x10cm), by Scandinavian designers.
Desplans recommends treating your frames as carefully as the works themselves; to avoid scratches, only use a soft cloth to dust them.