Entries are grouped alphabetically by the artist's surname. SETS, PORTFOLIOS AND SOME SERIAL PUBLICATIONS THAT INCLUDE WORKS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS HAVE BEEN LISTED AS "PORTFOLIO". We also list: attributed, studio, workshop, manner, style, circle, school, follower, and after. Following are a few of the more common terms used.
"AFTER" is a special designation for an item that was not created from the original plate/stone/matrix. An example would be a print made "after" a painting, or a photo taken of a photo instead of being printed from the negative.
"ATTRIBUTED" refers to a work that is regarded as by a certain artist (either in whole or in part) based on its style, subject matter, symbolism, time period, or some other physical evidence.
"POSTHUMOUS" printing refers to a work that was created after the artist's death using the original plate/stone/matrix, or in the case of photographs, the original negative. The posthumous printing is usually accomplished by the artist's family or estate.
Artists whose last names begin with a D' or L' are usually listed with such letter and apostrophe after their first name, unless it is an artist of such familiarity to require exception to this policy. For example, D'Oron, Ralph would be listed as Oron, Ralph D'.
Salvador Dali is a legend in art history. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of his work, many forgeries were introduced into the art market making the identification of true Dali pieces quite difficult. Before the discovery of the great number of forgeries, a number of these pieces were sold at auction and identified as by the artist himself. Therefore, Gordon's previously reported the sale of any Dali artwork as "attributed" to Dali.
Now that many years have passed and experts are able to identify authentic pieces by Dali, it is no longer necessary for Gordon's to work around this issue. As of January of 2006, Gordon's now reports any Dali sales as they are catalogued by the auction house instead of recording them as "attributed" to Dali.
This database, since its inception, has adhered to a rigid set of standards relating to the cataloguing of several artists' works, generally those found in sets, series, portfolios, and books. While the professional rarely has a problem finding a particular entry, sometimes the amateur does. This system is all the more important with the advent of the CD-ROM and Online database and the ability to list over 20 years of sales of a particular artwork in one seamless record. This is yet another reason to search for artworks by catalogue raisonné number as well as title. The artists and the conventions are:
Chagall Ames Mortes: [title]
Arabian Nights: [plate number - title]
Daphnis and Chloe: [title]
LaFontaine Fables: [title]
Land of the Gods: [title]
Mein Leben: [plate number - title]
Story of the Exodus: [title]
Durer Bartsch Woodcuts: [BWC]
Bartsch Engravings: [BEN]
Goya Caprichos: [plate number - title]
Desastres de la Guerra: [plate number - title]
Proverbios: [plate number - title]
Tauromaquia: [plate number - title]
Lorrain Found under Claude Gellee
Miro M: English;
MA: Spanish and French
Monogrammist Found under "Master"
Picasso Ceramic - [title]
Series 156: [plate number]
Series 347: [plate number]
Vollard Suite: [plate number - title]
Piranesi Carceri: [plate number - title]
Vedute: [plate number - title]