Thomas Kinkade Studios
Jul 28, 2014
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Art Editions

It was Thomas Kinkade’s desire that every Limited Edition piece of art would not only present like an original painting but would also stand the test of time. For the art enthusiast who appreciates the traditional look, the Thomas Kinkade Studios releases luminous Framed Limited Edition Prints. These incredibly detailed, acid-free prints maintain a reproduction quality so superb, they capture both the color and brushwork of the original art.  Shop Limited Edition Prints.

A/N – Atelier National

Hand-highlighted and numbered, each Atelier National canvas is designated with the letters A/N. Beginning in January 2003, the monumental size was designated as Atelier National.

A/P – Artist Proof

The Artist Proof Canvas is issued in a small edition. Artist Proofs are individually hand-highlighted and are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process.

E/E – Estate Edition

The Estate Edition is an extremely limited edition created with a textured process. It is then finished by a Master Highlighter with additional highlighting and a special hand sketched Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Each Estate Edition is designated by letter E/E during the numbering process.

E/P – Examination Proof

The Examination Proof is a special canvas edition offered as an opportunity for collectors to preview select new releases. The canvases are individually hand-highlighted, have the designation of E/P during the numbering process and have a small edition size.

G/P – Gallery Proof

The Gallery Proof Canvas is individually hand-highlighted and can be distinguished by the unique gold foil Remarque stamped onto the image. Gallery Proofs are designated with letters G/P during the numbering process.

H/E – Hometown Edition

Hand-highlighted and numbered, each Hometown Edition canvas is designated with letters H/E and includes city and state codes in the print number. The Hometown Edition is a special Limited Edition reserved for distribution to specific regions. The regions are identified by cities.

I/P – International Proof

The International Proof Canvas is reserved for distribution outside of the United States. For images published after January 1, 2015, the International Proof canvases are individually hand-highlighted and each is designated with the letters I/P during the numbering process.

M/E – Master Edition

The Master Edition is the ultimate expression of detail, artist involvement, and collectability of any edition issued by the Publisher. Each Master Edition was extensively hand-highlighted by Thomas Kinkade and he hand sketched a highly detailed Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Enhancing the exclusivity of the Master Edition is the personal touch of the artist’s unique thumbprint and Master Edition Seal located on the back of the canvas. To signify authenticity, the Master Edition was hand-signed in metallic ink by Thomas Kinkade. Each Master Edition is numbered, with the letters M/E during the numbering process.

O/R – Originals

The copyright for the original artwork is owned by Thomas Kinkade, the Estate of Thomas Kinkade, the Kinkade Family Trust, Thomas Kinkade Studios, LLC and/or one or more of their assignees and extends to all preparatory studies, sketches, layouts, design work, including character design and architectural design, color schemes, final rendering and brushwork by Thomas Kinkade and/or any apprentices, assistants, designers and graphic artists involved with the creation of the artwork. The original used in printing these Limited Edition prints has been retained for archival purposes.

P/P – Publisher Proof

The Publisher Proof Canvas is a very small edition available at the discretion of the Publisher. Hand-highlighted and numbered, they are designated PP during the numbering process.

R/E – Renaissance Edition

For images released prior to April 6, 2012, the Renaissance Edition is a reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brush work. It is finished by a Master Highlighter and a special Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Upon satisfactory completion, the artist hand signed the front of the canvas and a foil-stamped silver Renaissance Edition seal is applied to the back. Each Renaissance Edition is designated by the letters R/E during the numbering process. For images released after April 6, 2012, the Renaissance Edition is a special reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process. A Master Highlighter enhances the image with additional highlights and a special Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Lastly, a foil-stamped silver Renaissance Edition seal is applied to the back of the canvas. Each Renaissance Edition is designed with the letters R/E during the numbering process.

SE/AP – Serigraph Artist Proof

Serigraphs are a highly respected print making technique in the art world. Unlike photographic reproductions such as giclée, serigraphs actually involve recreating the original artwork by hand. The serigrapher prints each individual color of the original, one color at a time, resulting in an exacting handcreated reproduction. The Artist Proof Canvas is issued in a small edition. Artist Proofs are individually hand-highlighted and are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process.

SE/SN – Serigraph Standard Number

Serigraphs are a highly respected print making technique in the art world. Unlike photographic reproductions such as giclée, serigraphs actually involve recreating the original artwork by hand. The serigrapher prints each individual color of the original, one color at a time, resulting in an exacting handcreated reproduction. The Standard Numbered Canvas is individually hand-highlighted and numbered with the designation of S/N in the numbering process.

S/N – Standard Numbered

The Standard Numbered Canvas is individually hand-highlighted and numbered with the designation of S/N in the numbering process.

INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS – I/SN, I/AP, I/GP, I/PP, I/EP, I/AN, I/EE, I/RE, I/SP, I/ME

International editions are generally reserved for distribution outside of the United States and generally are comparable to the corresponding domestic editions.

S/P – Studio Proof

For images released prior to April 6, 2012, the Studio Proof is created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brush work. It is finished by a Master Highlighter who hand sketches an original and identifying Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Upon satisfactory completion, the artist applied final highlights himself, and hand signed the front of the canvas in metallic ink. Lastly, a foil stamped gold Studio Proof seal is applied to the verso side. The letters S/P designates each Studio Proof during the numbering process. For images released after April 6, 2012, the Studio Proof is a special reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process. A Master Highlighter enhances the image with additional highlights and then hand sketches an original and identifying Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Lastly, a foil-stamped gold Studio Proof seal is applied to the back of the canvas. Each Studio Proof edition is designated with the letters S/P during the numbering process and a metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas.


4 thoughts on “Art Editions

    1. Hello Judy,

      I’m sorry, but we do not offer appraisal services here at the publisher. A quick way to check the value of your painting is to search for it on our website. Locate the matching title, size, and edition of your painting to see its current value at new. If your piece is not currently on our website the closest comparison is to search for a similar piece with the same size and edition type. This image is sold out in our limited edition. You may want to look into having an appraisal done on your artwork.

      If you need a formal appraisal for your insurance company, there are many factors that need to be taken into account. Including if a painting is sold out, edition, size, frame, condition, image availability, and the overall art market. The best source for assistance in obtaining a third-party appraisal is a local appraisal firm in your area. Local appraising firms understand the secondary art market in your region and have the ability to give you the best estimate of value for your Thomas Kinkade Limited Edition Artwork.

      Kate

  1. Hello,
    We have an event edition TK CASTLE framed (by TK) print.
    What is the small gold (3d) mouse token under the glass on the lower right hand of the framed print.
    Any information or details?
    Thanks Debbie

    1. Hello Debbie,

      It sounds like you may have a Disney Edition. You say an “event edition”, did you purchase the piece at a Disney park? These editions are sold at the parks and at various Disney events that are held at the galleries and other locations such as the D23 Expo that was just held in Anaheim, CA at the Convention Center. You will not find these Disney Editions available on our website, as they are special editions for the parks and Disney events. The gold mouse is marking it as a Disney Edition. You will also see on your certificate of authenticity the DE and in the numbering the DE. DE stands for Disney Edition.

      Kate

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