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Frequently asked questions

· What is a giclee?

· What is a signed & numbered limited edition?

· What does hand embellished mean?

· What is "museum wrap"?

· How are giclees shipped?

· Commissions

· Guarantee

· How are giclees priced?

What is  giclee?

     The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

     The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.  
A nice feature to remember about Giclee's is that they don't have to be reproduced the same size as the original painting but can be made smaller or larger according to the customers preference. Just remember that the percentage of change when reducing or enlarging to stay within the framework of the original.

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What is a signed & numbered limited edition?

     Each original oil painting that produces a Giclee' reproduction will have a limited amount of prints produced in each size and type (canvas or paper).  Each Giclee' will be hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Generally speaking, the fewer reproductions that are made of each piece, the more valuable the print.  No editions will exceed runs of 150.  A "Certificate of Authenticity" will accompany each piece.

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What does hand embellished mean?

     Embellishment is when the artist paints and highlights certain areas of the Giclee (canvas giclee's only) for the purpose of giving the piece a "personal touch" and rendering the piece an even more "original feel".  An AP (artist proof) will be added near the artist's signature to indicate that this has been hand done by Mr. Seguso.  An additional cost (depending on the size of the Giclee and/or amount of embellishment) will be incurred, usually between $150 and $500 and will be discussed with the customer prior to embellishment.  Embellished pieces are non-refundable.  Also, embellished pieces will take an additional 2 to 4 weeks for delivery to allow time for drying.  Note: AP's are separate from standard limited edition runs and will have no numbers.

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What is Museum Wrap?

     Museum Wrap is when the canvas is stretched around the stretcher bars and stapled to the back.  This creates a "clean" look to the attached painting/Giclee and allows the piece to be displayed with or without a conventional frame.  The depth of the stretcher bars used for our museum wrapped Giclees is 1.5".  The sides will remain white unless the customer would like them colored to contrast a color within the Giclee or another color of the customers request.  There will be an additional cost of $25 for all colorization done in this manner no matter what size Giclee is.  All museum wrapped pieces are shipped wired and ready to hang.

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How are giclees shipped?

     Giclees will be shipped fully insured anywhere in the world at the purchase price via land and/or air.  Each piece will be shipped only by the qualified delivery companies (Mostly FedEx or the United States Postal Service but in some cases DHL or UPS may be used.)  Packaging will be done with the up most care and shipped either rolled in a shipping tube/triangular box or flat as in the case of "museum wrapped" Giclees. All shipping costs incurred will be the customers responsibility and determined prior to the finalization of the purchase and added to the purchase price.

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Do you take commissions?

     Yes. Each commission is unique and will be discussed via email, over the phone or in writing. Generally speaking though, most commission work is done using a photo or photos provided by the client. A minimum of one-third to one-half the agreed upon price is due prior to the commencement of work. The balance will be due upon completion.. An artist - client contract will need to be signed and notarized prior to beginning work. This is to protect both the client and the artist.

     The above also holds true for mural work except in cases when the artist must relocate to work. In cases like these; travel, lodging and a per diem must be provided by the client one week in advance to each week worked.  Mr. Seguso can be contacted by phone at (561)255-3610 by email at rick@rickseguso.com or by mail at 1129 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. #35, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411.  Initial contact is preferred via email.  Please, serious inquiries only.

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What if I'm not happy with my purchase?

     Every effort is made to maintain excellent customer relationships and for that reason Mr. Seguso excepts returns to those customers who are not 100% happy.  Any unembellished giclee will receive a full refund less the shipping costs if returned within 10 business days for any reason.  The return shipping costs must be paid for by the customer and shipped with enough insurance to cover  the cost of the purchase in case of any damage.  Upon inspection a refund will be made to the customer within 30 days.

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How are giclees priced?    

     Giclees are priced at $85 square foot for rolled canvas and archival paper and $95 per square foot for Museum Wrap.  Square footage is determined by multiplying the height X width and then dividing that amount by 144 ( the number of square inches in one square foot).

     Example: A giclee sized at 30" x 40" would work out to be 1200 square inches. 1200 divided by 144 = 8.33 square feet.  8.33 X $85 = $648.05 (that would be your cost for the giclee - plus tax and shipping). Note: also remember to add $25 if you have chosen to colorize the edges of a Museum Wrap giclee.

     Also be advised that a border of 4" per side will be provided to insure enough extra paper or canvas for matting and framing or stretching purposes.

     All giclee sizes have been rounded off to the nearest percentage (plus or minus) based on the original.  The square footage of each giclee was rounded to the closest hundredth. Any variation of the sizes offered would be considered "custom" work and can be produced at an additional cost of $15/sq.ft.

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