1stdibs FAQ and procedures

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As a Core or Associate member, you are eligible to show work on 1stdibs.
Split: 60% to artist, 15% to 1stdibs + 3% handling fee, 22% to gallery
Questions: Denise Driscoll, 508.561.0306
Weekly Deadline for submission: Thursday, midnight


The submission form asks for:

  • Your name
  • Title of work
  • Description (see IMAGE DETAILS AND DESCRIPTION below)
  • Medium
  • Creation Year (one year only)
  • Style (visit 1stdibs to see the list – I’ll select Contemporary if you don’t indicate a preference)
  • Category (Paintings, Photography, Prints and Multiples, Sculpture, Drawings and Watercolor)
  • List Price
  • Availability for Saturday Sale
  • Height, Width and Depth in inches
  • Up to 10 images (see IMAGE PREPARATION below)

If you are submitting for the first time and would like to do a test run, go through the process and see what makes sense (or is confusing).
In the submission form, under Title, use the word "TEST". I’ll take a look at your description and offer help as needed.

IMAGE PREPARATION

Include at least three images (up to 10 total) for each item

  • 1536 pixels wide on longest side at 72dpi
  • At least 768 pixels on the shortest side (smaller dimensions will not load)
  • If your image is an extremely long rectangle, you can exceed 1536 pixels to make the shortest side at least 768 pixels

Suggestions for additional images

  • Close-ups that show the artwork's medium
  • Identification of artist, such as signatures, especially if on back or side
  • Installation or ‘in room’ views
  • Wall view showing the side or corner
  • If the piece is framed, included an image of the framed piece

File Names

  • Lastname_Title.jpg (main image)
  • Lastname_Title1.jpg (additional supporting image)
  • Lastname_Title2.jpg (additional supporting image)
  • Lastname_Title3.jpg (additional supporting image), etc

IMAGE DETAILS AND DESCRIPTION

Write your image descriptions in a Word document before beginning the upload process. You can cut and paste relevant details and won’t risk losing your work if your online connection is broken. Check spelling and grammar and enlist a proofreader or editor if you have trouble seeing your own mistakes. Making changes to listed artwork is a problem.

Best practices for artwork descriptions: (100-200 words)

  • Pretend that you’re describing the artwork over the phone to someone who isn’t an artist. What words would you use?
  • Be specific. Talk about the color, subject, shapes, textures, feelings. Use descriptive adjectives.
  • Give details. How big is the piece? Is it framed, and if so, how? Include artwork size and framed size in the description. Is it signed? Where? If it is part of a limited edition specify the quantity with "an edition of 10”, etc.

Picky but important details that improve search engine results

  • Measurements should be decimal  
    1.5
     (not 1 1/2)
  • Use spaces between measurements
    20 x 20 x 1.5 (not 20x20x1.5)
  • Don’t use abbreviations
    20 x 20 x 1.5 inches (not 1.5 in. or 1.5“)
  • Use and (not &)
  • Don’t capitalize prepositions and articles in your titles
  • Leaning into the Wave (not Leaning Into The Wave)
  • Within your description use quote marks to indicate titles and series names
  • Don’t use boldface or italic for emphasis as these are not supported and your formatting will disappear.

Artist Bio  

Second paragraph of description– keep it brief and relevant. Be sure to include your artist bio with each image description.

WHEN A WORK SELLS

  1. Work must be shipped within 7 days of the sale, no exceptions.
  2. You’ll be notified and sent a pdf file with a shipping label.
  3. You’ll package the work to 1stdibs specifications and deliver to the shipper (usually UPS)
  4. Save your receipts for packing material and submit to Marie for reimbursement.
  5. If you are traveling, you must have a backup plan to get work shipped within this timeframe OR your work must be unlisted while you are away.
  6. AVAILABILITY CHANGES: VERY IMPORTANT!!! If for any reason an artwork that is on 1stdibs becomes unavailable, even temporarily (sold, on exhibit, etc.) send an email to Denise Driscoll immediately so that the item is UNLISTED

PRICING

1stdibs has established a strong trade program aimed at designers. Designers expect discounts. We have been told that 10% is appropriate for fine art. We would like to be able to offer that discount. Consider raising your prices (by 10%, at least) to prepare for this. Of course, if you raise prices on 1stdibs, you will need to raise prices everywhere else. If you do NOT want us to offer any discount on your work, please let us know. Buyers also like to negotiate, so in reality we are selling works most often at a 20-25% discount.

SATURDAY SALE

is a highly promoted program. A piece may be put on Saturday Sale only once and must be offered at a 20% discount of the originally listed price. We have been offering about 4 pieces for Saturday Sale each week and find that it greatly increases views of other work by the artists on sale. We wait until a piece has been online for at least a month, usually longer, and cycle through all exhibiting artists so that all reap the benefits.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS WITH BIOS:

Rebecca Skinner’s “Resting” is part of her "Rust to Dust" series documenting the beauty of the decaying automobile. The 20 x 30 inch photo with satin finish is infused directly into metal making it waterproof and easy to clean. This frameless metal print hangs easily with a float mount and the artist’s signature is located on the back. With breathtaking depth, true vibrant color and amazing detail “Resting” makes an excellent addition to your home or office

Boston-based Rebecca Skinner photographs abandoned sites telling a story and documenting the passage of time. She explores places that have been forgotten and left behind for nature to take over. Skinner's work has been recently featured on Upworthy and has been exhibited widely.

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Tracy Spadafora's painting, “Code Yellow”, from her series, “DNA Islands”, is a mixed media encaustic painting with yellow, black and white colors. The painting is on a braced panel measuring 12 x 12 x 2 inches, with a round wooden disc on top. The text background, DNA code, is collaged onto the panel and covered with many layers of transparent yellow encaustic paint.  The white color is encaustic paint poured onto the surface. The wooden disc is painted black and has yellow DNA code collaged inside.  This piece is unframed and signed on the back.

Spadafora is very interested in science and technology and how we use these tools in relationship with our natural environment, as she states, “The images layered on top of the code offer an open narrative. The paintings and constructions are built on visual and symbolic associations, and the obscuring, deconstructing, and preserving of images in wax helps me to address a complex and shifting relationship between man, his biological roots, and the shaping of our natural environment”.

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Denise Driscoll's "Triangles 6" is composed of equilateral triangles in gold, mint-green, violet, red and blue overlaid by textured spirals and lines of tiny bead-like dots. The distressed gold and bright colors look both old and new, and are reminiscent of game boards and Byzantine icons. This painting is on a birch panel, 20 x 16 x 1.5 inches deep, with painted mint-green sides and is signed on the reverse.

Denise Driscoll is a contemporary painter exploring themes of interconnection, inner experience and invisible social structures. Her work has been shown and collected throughout New England.

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This contemporary acrylic painting depicts the dappled light of warm afternoon sun filtering through a canopy of green, and the dance of shadows on the ground. “My New Yard” is part of Clinton's “Tree Light” series, which began in full bloom of late summer, and continues to evolve with the changing light and color of shifting seasons. Not a quite a landscape painting, yet not quite abstract, the lush color and iridescence captures the essence of a late afternoon walk through New England woods. The painting, 48 x 36 x 2 inches, on wood panel, is unframed and signed on the reverse.

C. Clinton is a Massachusetts-based contemporary painter. Clinton's paintings are included in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.