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 (Email with "1stdibs" in subject line. Please no text messages about 1stdibs. Phone number is for phone calls only.)
Rolling deadline for submission. Typically, your work will be posted two to three weeks after your submission. Do not hesitate to submit in batches that we can release over time.
Minimum Price of $500


The submission form asks for the following information.

  • Last Name_Title
  • Title of work
  • Medium (include support such as canvas, paper, panel)
  • Height, Width and Depth in inches
  • Category (Paintings, Photography, Prints and Multiples, Sculpture, Drawings and Watercolor)
  • List Price
  • Availability for Saturday Sale (will be offered at 20% off of originally listed price)
  • Creation Year (one year only)
  • Description (see IMAGE DETAILS AND DESCRIPTION below)
  • Style (visit 1stdibs to see the list of searchable styles – We’ll select Contemporary if you don’t indicate a preference)
  • Up to 10 images (see IMAGE PREPARATION below)

If you are submitting for the first time please do a test run with one or two items, go through the process and see what  makes sense (or is confusing). In the submission form, under Title, use the word "TEST". We'll take a look at your description and offer help as needed. You don't need to tell us that you've submitted. We receive an email from Jotform after each submission and will be back in touch when we've had time to review and prepare suggestions.

IMAGE PREPARATION

A minimum of 6 images are recommended with a maximum of 10 images per item. 1stdibs research shows most items that sell display at least six photos.

  • Minimum size: 768 x 768 pixels (any dimension less than 768 pixels will not load)
  • Optimum size: 1536 x 1536
  • Maximum: less than 3 MB
  • Larger files offer more detail when viewers zoom in.

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 (simplified)
Please keep file names simple:

  • Main Images: Title.jpg
  • Supporting Images:  Title_1.jpg, Title_2.jpg etc.
  • If your title includes a number:
    Main image:  Painting 3.jpg, then Painting 3_1.jpg, Painting 3_2.jpg etc

IMAGE DETAILS AND DESCRIPTION

Write your image descriptions in a separate 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. We will ask you to resubmit if these guidelines are not followed.

Best practices for artwork descriptions: (100-200 words) Examples at the end of this page.

  • Include the most important physical details in the first two sentences. Search engines often only search the first two lines, so put as many relevant descriptors up front, where they will be included.
  • Repeat details that are submitted in the form as part of the description to achieve most successful searches.
  • 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.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS WITH BIOS:

The boldface portion of descriptions below are the parts that will show in Google Search. This is the area to cram as many "Key Words" as possible. Start with your name and title, and add physical details, type of object (painting, drawing or sculpture), size, medium, support, colors, subject matter– try to fit all of this info in that first 325 characters (including spaces). Save the softer, more personal information about inspiration, process, for those who want to continue reading to learn more.

Rebecca Skinner’s “Waning” is a 20 x 30 inch metal print and is part of her “Transient” series. The peeling paint, hard texture and bright yellow color exudes energy. The frameless print has a satin finish is infused directly into metal making it waterproof and easy to clean. It 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 “Waning” makes an excellent addition to your home or office. Edition of 10.

Abandoned buildings serve as the focus of Boston-based Rebecca Skinner’s most recent series of photographs. She seeks to immerse the viewer in the scene, intertwining them and the location in a single narrative of nostalgia and respect for the suspended moment. She portrays these facilities not only as preserved instances of a forgotten time, but as the summation of the place’s history and beauty.

Skinner studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, RI. BostonVoyager and Upworthy are just a few publications that have featured her work. 

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“In Fight” by Catherine Gibbs is a high drama Expressionist train painting depicting a dark blue night scene highlighted with yellows and reds. In this 24 x 24 inch oil on canvas painting, a train engine barrels toward the viewer head-on. Motion is captured with expressive brush strokes in this signature work of the artist. This dynamic oil on canvas painting is framed in a 24.5 x 24.5 x 2 inch maple floater frame that allows glimpses of the red-painted sides, adding to the energy of the painting.

Catherine Gibbs paints with bold brush strokes, using vibrant colors to show emotion and movement in landscapes and urban scenes. Her inspiration comes from the nuance and drama of her everyday world. Her evocative works have been featured throughout Massachusetts, in New York, and in the Midwest.

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Denise Driscoll's "Inner Garden 23" is a 20 x 16 x 1.5 inch acrylic painting on birch panel composed of multiple layers of precariously stacked ovals rendered in transparent ultramarine blue, pale yellow and black that form shifting shapes with delicate textures. The interplay of balanced shapes and the spaces between is both calming and energizing. The painting is signed on the back with white-painted sides.

Denise Driscoll is a contemporary painter exploring themes of connection, inner experience and invisible structures. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections.

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C. Clinton's ”Summer Shadows #3” offers a contemporary twist on the landscape in this 30 x 22 inch acrylic on paper in dappled greens, white and black. The light of afternoon sun filtering through a canopy of green, and the dance of shadows on the ground drove the “Summer Shadows” pieces into being. This series begins in the full bloom of late summer, and continues to evolve with the changing light and color of shifting seasons.. "Summer Shadows #3" is unframed, signed on the back and lower right edge.

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.

 

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. 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.
  5. 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 or marked as SOLD.

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 four 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.