Our Unique Craftmanship
The limited signed lithograph collection of HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal are unique works of the finest craftsmanship using locally sourced natural materials. The paper is made from 100% cotton and the inks are from natural oils and pigments.
The making of the lithographs by the renowned The Curwen Studio in Cambridge, follows a meticulous process of lithograph printing, using the same reliable and versatile printing method, based on grease and water, as used during the 18th century. This method gives the artist total freedom and control at every stage of the production to be able to achieve the highest quality prints.
The large format of HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal's original oil paintings, from which the lithographs are produced, means that each painting has to be photographed and transferred onto transparencies. From the transparencies it is then possible to scan the images and convert them into a four-colour process. The lithographs are made up of eight different layers of colour, twice as many as for regular prints, to ensure higher quality, more accurate colours and greater depth. The balance between Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are set at different levels to make up the full range of colour and tone of the original painting. After printing each lithograph has to go through rigid controls and checks for variations and imperfections to ensure the highest quality final product.
HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal then personally signs and numbers each lithograph which are then carefully mounted into hand made gilded frames.
The process of producing the frames follows traditional methods and respects material characteristics. Portugal's leading restoration studio Way of Arts were chosen for their expertise in this field.
To guarantee the quality and the durability of the frames, humidity and other weather conditions have been carefully taken into account. The frames are made of well-dried teak wood, a high resistant wood with capacity to adapt to different climates and environments to eliminate movements in the wood. After sand waxing the frame a hand prepared gypsum is applied in four different layers to prepare the frame for gilding. The gilding of the frames follows an old traditional process using 23K gold supplied by one of the finest and oldest Italian gold producers. The extremely fragile consistence of the gold leaf means that the finest highly skilled craftsmen are required and with a special Agata stone the metallic consistence of the gold is highlighted to bring out the shine of the gold and give the frame the finest touch.
The lithographs are presented in hand-made presentation boxes with gold-decorated ski vertex ecorel on the outside and moccasin tissue and satin on the inside. All lithographs are delivered with an original certificate of authenticity signed by the Chairman of Painting & Patronage.