We have started to offer limited edition signed and numbered prints for select images. Limited edition prints, also known as LE’s, have been standard in printmaking from the nineteenth century onwards. A limit to the print run is crucial, as many traditional printmaking techniques can only produce a limited number of best quality impressions. This can be as few as ten or twenty for a technique like drypoint, but more commonly would be in the low hundreds – print runs of over a thousand are regarded as dubious by the serious art market for original prints, even though with many techniques there is no loss of quality.
A limited edition is normally hand signed and numbered by the artist, typically in pencil, in the form (eg): 14/100. The first number is the number of the print itself. The second number is the number of overall prints the artist will print of that image. The lower the second number is, the more valuable and collectible the limited editions are likely to be, within whatever their price range is. A small number of “artists’ proofs” may also be produced as well, signed and with “AP”, “proof” etc.
At RSP we limit our LE Prints to 500 and a total of 50 AP (Artist Proofs) and are numbered accordingly. So a total of 550 prints are allowed in a LE Print and these all will be numbered accordingly. Records are stored in our office and available for audit.
Our limited edition prints are published in small limited quantities on high quality archival papers and canvases. The prints are signed by the artist and numbered to ensure their collectability and value.
One of our new ways to offer some of these select Artist Proofs is on MetalPrints. These look stunning in your professional office, living room or studio. See below for more information about our MetalPrints.