Condition of Artworks
All artworks displayed and sold by us are in good, reasonable condition within the context of their age and any defects we may have noted. Our artworks can be framed or unframed, mounted or unmounted, glazed or unglazed.
While the framing of an artwork is not new and can be of any age, when it was new it would generally have been made especially for the artwork it now frames. Our policy is to offer the framing where it exists at no extra cost. If you prefer not to have the frame we are happy to remove both the frame and glazing before posting and provide you with just the artwork but we would usually suggest you retain the mount, if there is one, for protection.
If there are any particular comments we have made about an artwork’s condition these can be found, as may apply, in the information section for that artwork’s page under the two headings below. Neither of these headings appear if there are no comments. Standard age toning of prints and maps may also not be noted if we consider it to be reasonable and as expected for the respective age of an artwork.
‘Condition of Artwork’ which will be found in the information section of the artwork’s page will note significant defects or damage to the artwork itself in order to highlight markings such as foxing, paper damage including creases and tears, notable discolouration, fading or any other significant or unusual visible mark.
‘Framing State' is also found in the information section of that artwork’s page and includes references to the artwork’s mount as well as its frame (as may be present). Here we identify any damage, flaws or marks if these are present. Where we have made any notes on Framing Condition this is not a reflection on the condition of the artwork itself, only on the frame and mount that surrounds it.
Please note that antique prints and maps are often taken from books, magazines and other publications, and as such will often have creases or fold marks. Due to the inherent ageing and foxing of paper and other similar surfaces that artworks are printed upon, we may or may not have noted such characteristics (i.e. age toning and foxing) if we consider them to be typical and as expected within the context of an artwork’s age and surface. You are advised to inspect the image(s) closely using the zoom function. Our notes and information represent our opinion and judgement about an artwork’s condition as well as providing a brief descriptive background based, to the best of our ability, on our knowledge and research. We welcome any corrections if you believe we have made a mistake.
(V2.2 – 14th October 2015, 15:24 GMT)