If your work shows any possible signs of any defects described below, please take detailed photos of how they appear on your artwork. Even if you’re uncertain, having clear images on file of suspected issues will help us confirm if anything should be noted in the listing’s condition report.
Visible result of wearing, grinding, or scratching of a surface due to friction.
Surface deposits of foreign material, such as dried liquid residue, foodstuff, or fly specks.
In painting, when moisture penetrates a varnished surface, causing cloudy areas to appear.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, a broad system of wrinkles that don’t crease the surface.
In painting, fine networks of very thin cracks.
In ceramics, bare clay patches where the glaze did not adhere when fired.
In ceramics, a fine network of lines or cracks in the glaze, like craquelure in a painting.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, a line or ridge on the surface created when paper has been folded or bent, without breaking or tearing.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, a small loss to the surface that does not go all the way through. Usually round in shape.
In ceramics, whitish or brown residue.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, reddish-brown mold spots.
Fingerprints, grease marks, or gentle creases to margins/edges.
In ceramics, grit stuck in the clay when it was still wet.
Any chip, dent, gouge, tear, abrasion, or loss occurring from force.
In painting, restoration of paint to replace pigment loss or disguise craquelure.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, darkening/browning of the sheet and loss of brilliance in the pigments.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, darkening/browning of the sheet due to acidic matting materials.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, a minor cut or tear at the edge of the sheet or board.
In sculpture, small cavities, pinpoints, or depressions caused by weathering, erosion, and other corrosive processes.
In prints, when rolled up for a long time, the end of the paper margin may become visible through the whole roll.
The front of a canvas or sheet of paper.
In prints, photos, and works on paper, disruptions, ridges, or buckling of paper, often due to mounting.
Excessive cleaning. Occurs when a piece has experienced exorbitant intervention from a restorer or conservationist, removing a portion of the original media.
In photos, bluish traces in darker areas. Often seen in older prints.
Accumulation of dirt, dust, or other materials on the surface, such as smoke.
In ceramics, a defect in repeatedly fired clay materials where outer layers shrink and peel away.
In photos, the darkening or aging of paper over time, often from exposure to humidity and pollutants in the atmosphere.
In prints, when the margins have been reduced. Typically occurs during framing.
The back of a canvas or sheet of paper.
Water damage / Warping
In prints, photos, and works on paper, damage caused by contact with water or humidity, resulting in staining, warping, or loosening of material.