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Fine Art Print Grading Tutorial


10 Point Grading Scale
10/10 Mint No damage to the print surface
9/10 Excellent Mild condition issues that are barely perceptible to the naked eye
8/10 Very Fine Mild or moderate condition issues visible under very close inspection or under raking light
7/10 Fine Mild or moderate condition issues that attract the eye under gallery lighting conditions
6/10 Very Good Moderate or mild condition issues that attract the eye under normal viewing conditions
5/10 Good Moderate or severe issues that attract the eye under normal viewing conditions and disrupt the image
4/10 Fair Moderate or severe condition issues that are immediately apparent and significantly detract from the overall look of the work
3/10 Poor Work has severe condition issues and some may be beyond repair
2/10 Very Poor Work has significant severe condition issues and beyond repair
1/10 Unsellable Work is not suitable for resale


Severe Condition Issues
Colors faded
Losses to image / tears to the image
Obtrusive rubbing to image
Skinning to image
Brittleness
Moderate Condition Issues
Colors attenuated
Light / time staining
Backboard staining
Skinning to margins
Losses to sheet / sheet has margins trimmed / tears to the sheet
Creases to image
Some specks of foxing / mold
Staining
Previous restoration
Mat burns
Mild Condition Issues
Surface soiling
Handling creases
Buckling
Stray ink
Adhesive residue or staining

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