Thomas Kinkade limited edition artwork has been reproduced with the highest standards in the limited edition art industry. Thomas Kinkade has offered multiple editions for all kinds of collectors. The Standard Number edition, Artist Proofs, Publisher Proofs, and Examination Proofs are manufactured exactly the same way and include equal amounts of highlighting across each edition. The Gallery Proof and International Proofs are manufactured and highlighted equal to the editions above, but include a dime-size gold foil embossed remarque above Thomas Kinkade’s painted signature. The Gallery Proof tends to be the most collectible edition and sells out prior to most other editions. The Renaissance Edition and the Studio proofs are manufactured exactly like the editions above, but they have significantly more highlighting and texture that match Thom’s actual brush strokes. This reproduction appears very close to the original work as a result of the substantial amount of highlighting.
S/N – Standard Numbered
This print is individually hand highlighted. Each is authenticated by The Thomas Kinkade Company’s double referencing authorization system using DNA technology. Each piece is individually hand numbered. The SN edition has more canvases created than any other edition making it more affordable to many collectors.
A/P – Artist Proof
This print is available only through Showcase Dealers and Signature Dealers, and is issued in quantities significantly smaller than S/N (20% of the SN edition size). Artist Proofs are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process and the canvas lithograph has a back stamp identifying it as a an artist proof. The A/P also features hand highlighting and the DNA Signature.
G/P – Gallery Proof
This edition is restricted for distribution through the Thomas Kinkade Galleries and Signature dealers in the United States and is issued in very small editions 35% of the SN edition size). They can be distinguished by the unique dime-sized gold foil remarque stamped onto the image above Thomas Kinkade’s painted signature and the designation of G/P in the numbering process. The G/P also features hand highlighting and the DNA Signature.
P/P – Publisher Proof
This print is available only through Showcase Dealers and Signature Dealers, and is issued in quantities significantly smaller than S/N (15% of the SN edition size). Publisher Proofs are designated with the letters P/P during the numbering process and the canvas lithograph has a back stamp identifying it as a publisher proof. The P/P also features hand highlighting and the DNA Signature.
E/P – Examination Proof
This edition is a preview edition sent out to galleries before the official release of the image. The EP has a very small edition size and also features hand highlighting and the DNA Signature.
I/P – International Proof
This edition is restricted for exclusive distribution through the Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries outside of the United States. They can be distinguished by the unique gold foil remarque stamped onto the image and the designation of I/P in the numbering process. The I/P also features hand highlighting and the DNA Signature.
A/N – Antilier National
This is a special limited edition created using a continuous tone printing process. Each canvas Antilier National edition is hand highlighted and is designated with the letters A/N following the print number. Until 2004, the standard industry practice for limited edition reproductions was the canvas transfer method. As the giclee process came on the scene, Thomas Kinkade released the AN edition using the giclee process.
E/E – Estate Edition
The Estate Edition is a special reserved edition created with a textured brushstroke process. It is then finished by a Certified Master Highlighter and a special remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Each Estate Edition is designated by letters EE after the print number and a metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas. Due to the exclusivity of this piece, all Estate Edition prints are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries and Thomas Kinkade Corporate Galleries.
- Small edition size 6% of SN (same as RE)
- Hand applied gel texturing (same as RE)
- Additional highlighting by certified Master Highlighters
- Special silk-screen remarque on the verso side of each EE canvas
- Special nameplate
- Extra Thomas Kinkade signature in silver on the front of each EE canvas
- Special black folder for the Certificate of Authenticity (This folder is currently used for RE and SP)
R/E – Renaissance Edition – Discontinued 4/2012 (Extremely Rare)
This edition is a special reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artists actual brushwork. There is significantly more texture on these canvases than all lower editions. It is then finished in oil by a master highlighter, a special silk-screened remarque is applied to the verso side of the front of the canvas and a foil stamp silver Renaissance Edition seal is applied to the back. Each Renaissance Edition is designated by the letters R/E after the print number. Due to the exclusivity of these rare pieces all R/E prints are limited to distribution through the Thomas Kinkade Galleries and Signature Dealers.
S/P – Studio Proof – Discontinued 4/2012 (Extremely Rare)
This canvas lithograph is created with a textured brushstroke process that recreated the artists actual brushwork. Much like the Renaissance Edition, there is significantly more texture and highlighting on these canvases than SN, AP, GP, PP or EP editions. It is then finished in oil by a master highlighter, who also draws an original detailed charcoal sketched remarque on the back of the canvas. Each unique canvas is created under Thomas Kinkade’s close supervision. Upon satisfactory completion, Thomas Kinkade applies final highlights himself, and hand signs the front of the canvas in metallic gold ink. Finally a foil stamped gold Studio Proof seal is applied to the back. Each S/P is designated by the letters S/P after the print number. These exclusive works are only available through the Thomas Kinkade Galleries and Signature Dealers.
M/E – Masters Edition
This work is the ultimate expression of detail, artist involvement and collectibility of any edition issued by Thomas Kinkade. Masters Edition textured canvas lithographs are extensively hand highlighted by Thomas Kinkade himself over the foundation of apprentice highlighting. In addition to the personal retouching, Thom applies a thumb print and a masters Edition Seal to the back of the piece. Each Masters Edition bears the authorized security signature and is hand signed in metallic ink, and designated with the letters M/E after the print number. These editions are only available through selected Galleries. Typically, there is only one ME created in each size for each image.