It is important to review all artwork descriptions listed for any details about a specific artwork, and to determine if there will be any special packing method offered.

For further assistance we have listed below commonly used phrases that you may see in an artwork description that can indicate how an artwork might be packaged for shipping, and whether or not the piece will need to be taken to a framer upon arrival or require additional hardware for proper displaying of the work.
  • Mounted artworks – Mounted works do not necessarily mean a piece is ready to hang and typically refers to a work adhered to a ridged flat surface such as wood, a metal, or Plexiglas. These works can however be expect to arrive flat.
  • Stretched – Stretched or stretch canvas refers to a standard canvas painting or drawing which denotes canvas wrapped around a wooden frame otherwise known as Stretcher-bars. These works will arrive flat and are ready to hang. These works may not have a wire or hooks but given the depth can be hung regardless.  It is always good to ask the artist if this type of artwork has been wired and is ready for hanging if it is not clearly stated in the description.
  • Large /oversized artworks – Keep in mind that larger work may arrive rolled and this will typically be indicated in the artwork description. It is also far less expensive to shipped oversized works rolled, so many artists automatically choose this method.