A certificate of authenticity is a document which certifies that a work of art is what it purports to be. Many jurisdictions require certificates of authenticity to accompany fine prints and edition-ed sculptures when they are sold.
The certificates must contain certain information, such as the name of the artist, the title of the work, the medium and method of creation, the year the multiple was created, the number of pieces in the edition including any proofs, the disposition of any plates or molds, and whether the work was created posthumously. Certificates of authenticity are also commonly used in connection with antiquities.
These certificates usually contain information about the artist (if known), the work, the medium, the age of the work, country of origin, and any other relevant data, such as prov-enance. While certificates of authenticity are not universally required, they are nevertheless a good idea, since collectors appreciate the disclosures contained in them, and the information may, thus, be preserved for future generations.
Certificates of authenticity can be used to establish the qualifying criteria. Even if a work of art has been created in a functional medium, such as an Oriental rug, it may still be entitled to duty-free entry if it is of a certain age or is in a specified category of work from certain underdeveloped countries which have been granted special privileges under the General System of Preferences (“GSP”). Here, too, the certificate of authenticity has great evidentiary value.
How To Make A Certificate of Authenticity
Making a certificate of authenticity, is not a mandatory requirement for its sale, but in the work of art.it will benefits for both who sells the work and who buys it.
Certificate of Authenticity Format
In art the most common formats are three and you can choose to use one of them or combine several:
- Document . A letter, card or printed brochure independent of the artistic object. Being larger than the rest of the options allows to include more information.
- Sticker . Adhere to the back or non-visible base of the artwork. It has the advantage of being included in the work of art, so the risk of losing the certificate in the future is lower.
- Seal . It can be used both to mark the work of art and to authenticate the documentation that is attached.
The information of the certificate of authenticity can be presented as a:
- Text block . For example, a printed document, with one or more paragraphs, ready to be signed. The text may be complete or contain a few spaces to add information.
- Standard form More concise than the text block, with a greater number of blank spaces to complete (usually manually) with the specific data of the work of art.
Certificate Of Authenticity Of A Unique Work Of Art
Description of the artwork with specific details:
- Indicate if it is an original work of art or a multiple work .
- Exact title
- Size .
- Materials or process
- Signature description . If the work contains a signature, whose it is and where it appears.
- Registration number if there is a database in which a number has been assigned to each work.
- Date and place of creation.
- Image of the work.
Information about the author of the work:
- Full name of the artist .
- Full name of other people or companies that have participated in its creation.
To validate the document:
- Full name of the person or entity that issues the certificate.
- Your signature by hand .
- His qualification .
- Their contact details .
- Delivery date or completion of the certificate.
If you are a painter and you sell one of your paintings, it is good to hand in a certificate of authenticity with the work that assures the buyer that you are the author of the work you are selling. You know, if one day you become so famous that your paintings have an excessive value and the work purchased has actually become an important investment.