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Christie’s auction catalogue

Art and auctions.

During the latest season, Park was chosen to print the highest value sale catalogues including Impressionist & Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art, and Old Master Pictures.

Consistent high quality standards within tight schedule
Founded in 1766, Christie's is a well-known showcase for the unique and the beautiful.  It has over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts.

The challenge
Christie’s fine art catalogues, which require the highest quality print, have to be delivered within a tight timeframe, on a very frequent basis.  The schedule for the Impressionist & Modern catalogue was no different.  Christie’s require production without having proofs.  Park’s challenge was threefold: to maintain image clarity, vibrancy and colour accuracy, despite working without a proof; to ensure no marking was created by the throw-out pages which fall short of the full page width, and to deliver the catalogue within a very fast time scale.

Our solution
Strict adherence to targets, tighter than those allowed under ISO 12647 colour print standard ensured accurate colour reproduction.  Throughout the printing, sheets were measured for dot gain and grey balance.

Accurate folding was essential to ensure no image creep across the folds of the throw-outs.

Binding took place in-house using barcoding for collation security and PUR binding for extra strength.  Due to the high number of binding sections, two binding runs were required to produce the finished catalogues.

From receipt of artwork to delivery of the catalogue took Park just five days.

Park is a Christie’s ‘Gold’ supplier – first choice for the most complex projects.

“Park is one of only a small number of printers entrusted to print the catalogues for our highest value sales.  Despite last minute schedule and pagination changes, and in conjunction with complex impositions and bindery requirements, Park consistently delivers the catalogues to a high standard.”

Grant Deudney, Christie’s

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