PRINTS & PAPERS EXPLAINED
There are four categories of print terms that we use.
1/ ESTATE STAMPED 2/ MODERN UNSIGNED 3/ MODERN SIGNED 4/ VINTAGE
Estate stamped prints are prints which are modern unsigned archival pigment ink prints in either 10″x10″ or 10″x12″ for clients who simply want an inexpensive photograph from the Duffy Archive. The prints are embossed with the Duffy Archive estate stamp but are an open edition (therefore not a numbered edition) and subsequently do not have a significant secondary market value.
This category represents limited edition modern prints but unsigned by Duffy. For example the Aladdin Sane ‘Eyes Open’ print was produced after Duffy’s demise and is therefore unsigned but as the editions are limited they have a higher value than the estate stamped prints.
These modern prints were produced from 2007 until 2010 and are limited edition prints signed by Duffy. The prints were hand printed by Chris Duffy, Duffy’s son under his supervision.
Some edition numbers were never completed and signed by Duffy and are marked accordingly. For example an original edition of x30 might only have had 22 printed and signed but the first 6 have been sold. As these are already marked up as an edition of x30 the following prints are marked with the number actually signed in brackets although the edition size stays the same for continuity. For example #7 of 30 (22).
Vintage prints are prints that were originally printed in period and are not editioned. These would have been printed by Duffy’s personal printer from Vogue, Norman Brand up until 1968 and by Chris Duffy, Duffy’s son from 1973 onwards. These are generally one-off prints and are extremely rare and valuable and therefore command a high price tag. We do not display all of our vintage selection so if this is your interest please contact us and we will be pleased to discuss this with you.
Colour prints are produced on Archival Pigment Ink Fuji Baryte Gloss heavyweight 320gms paper which is the closest match we have found to traditional C-Type papers. The Fuji paper has a higher saturation and a much longer archival lifespan that the traditional C-Type papers and have been rated at approximately a hundred years in the light without fading.
Modern Limited Edition Silver Gelatin Black & White prints are hand printed by Chris Duffy on Ilford Warmtone Gloss papers and vintage prints are printed on a variety of classic papers from the period including Agfa Record Rapid and Brovira Baryte.