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| p.1 #11 · Selling print with watermark ? |
Is it considered ok to sell a print with a small watermark in the corner.
Or should you just sign the back of the print ?
Or should you just sign the mate in the right hand corner.?
Joe Parisi Marco Island Fl.
If you're selling a matted art print, it's de rigueur to sign the mat at the lower right corner of the image.
One never signs the mat. The mat can be removed for various reasons. Where would that leave the buyer? With an unsigned print...which would have less or no value. Ever notice the artists sign the canvas....and not the frame? I've been selling images, drawings, paintings, watercolors and photographs for almost 5 decades. I have never, nor any of my colleagues ever signed a mat or frame.
Well, that just shows that there is differing experience! I've only been doing it for four decades, but my observation and experience is different. In my experience, the signature goes on the mat because signing the artwork itself has not been considered archival by the Library of Congress (unless done lightly in pencil).
As for it being so emphatically "WRONG!" I'll only quote GB Shaw, "Forgive him. He is a bararbian. He thinks the customs and traditions of his tribe are the laws of nature."
I guess you've been doing it WRONG for 40 years. I guess that's the difference between you and Rhyder. I'll just use the same quote for your efforts "Forgive him. He is a bararbian. He thinks the customs and traditions of his tribe are the laws of nature."
I've been dealing with artists of all kinds on both coasts for many years and I've yet to see one that signed a mat. But I HAVE seen it done at "Art Fairs" where the amateurs have their tents. I have quite a collection of signed prints, not one of them were signed anywhere but the print. Some sign on the back, some on the front, but never on the mat. If I were to come across a print signed on the mat I would immediately suspect a fraud. If you made your assertions at a museum or a reputable gallery, they would "be kind to you and give you a little salt". It an very old european quote that means someone's elevator isn't stopping on all the floors.
BTW. Lithographs and etchings are "signed lightly in pencil" many photos are signed with an acid free ink.