are fine-art prints numbered?
the Numbers Mean|
The system of numbering and documentation of fine-art editions is designed to guarantee the authenticity and originality of prints in the art market. Each print is signed by the author (usually, but not always) in the lower right-hand corner or margin. In the opposite corner goes the edition numbering, two numbers divided by a slanted stroke. The bottom number represents the total number of prints in the edition; the top one the order in which the artist has signed that particular print.
Some of the most valuable proofs do not form part of the edition. These are the trial proofs (P/E, in Spanish pruebas de estado) which the artist pulls in the process of creating the final print. A series of trial proofs represents a unique record of the work in process and, as such, is highly sought after by fine-art print collectors.
One sometimes sees "H/C" written on the margin of a print. This is a French annotation "hors de commerce," which usually indicates that the print was a gift or was unsuitable for selling.
addition, every edition has a single "bon à tirer," which
is the artist's final proof, the ideal which all the prints of the edition must
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