General Questions

We have an inventory of nearly 20 thousand original contemporary, modern, and antique works on paper. We believe we have something for everybody.

We work hard to make sure that our website accurately shows the inventory that is available for purchase. If a print has an “Add to Cart” button, we currently have that impression in stock and ready to ship. However there are several cases in which we require that you contact the gallery to purchase. 

If a piece says “Please Inquire” this can mean that the print is currently on display in the gallery, has traveled to a print fair, is on hold for our next catalog, is framed and requires special shipping, or is a contemporary work that we need to order additional impressions of.

An original print is made using a printmaking process in which an impression is pulled from a matrix created by the artist. While there may be multiple impressions of an image, each is an original. 

We do not have or sell any reproductions.

We rarely buy prints outright and prefer to take them on consignment. If you are interested in consigning work with the gallery, the first step is to send an email to sam@davidsongalleries.com with images of the piece(s) and the information that you have about the work. We kindly request that works not be brought or sent to the gallery without prior arrangement with Mr. Davidson. Learn more about consignment here.

We share our physical space with another gallery, Koplin Del Rio. You can access both galleries through the front doors on Occidental Avenue South. Davidson Galleries is located in the back of the gallery space.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently open by appointment to limit the number of guests in the gallery at one time. We are able to take a limited number of walk-ins depending on capacity, please knock on the front door. Calling ahead is encouraged at this time.


You do not need an appointment to come look at prints in our collection. However, if you know what prints you would like to see ahead of time, it is helpful to give us a call or send an email in advance. That way, we can confirm the availability of the prints and have them pulled for you when you arrive.

We typically have a new exhibition each month featuring different prints from our collection. The opening reception of each show is the first Thursday of the month from 6pm-8pm and corresponds with the monthly First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square (though we are currently not participating in large group events such as the art walk due to Covid-19). The final day of each show is the last Saturday of the month. 

Additionally, we rotate online exhibitions on our website each month that highlight a thematic selection of prints available for purchase online. This show is not on display in our physical gallery space. However, we have the prints on hand and would be happy to pull them for you.

Inquiries about artist representation for printmaking and works on paper should be directed to Sam Davidson (sam@davidsongalleries.com). Please be prepared to provide an artist resume, short biography, images of your work, mediums, dimensions, and a price list. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, Mr. Davidson may not be able to respond to all submissions. Representation may be offered for specific exhibitions or an ongoing basis.

Shipping

We fully insure the print while in transit. If your print is damaged in the course of delivery, please contact the gallery and we will work with you to reach a solution. 

We are happy to ship your print with a signature on delivery. If you select this feature, the shipping provider will only leave the package if there is an adult to sign for it. We recommend this to clients who have a history of packages being stolen in their neighborhood or if there is a potential that the package could be left out in inclement weather. 

When shipping within the United States, our default shipping method is UPS. However, we are happy to use FedEx or USPS if that company is a better option for your mailing address. When shipping internationally, we use DHL. 

Yes, we ship anywhere in the world. When shipping internationally, we use DHL.

Due to the complexities of international shipping, we cannot provide automated shipping rates outside of the United States at this time. International orders will not be charged a shipping fee at the time of checkout. Please complete your purchase and we will contact you to arrange shipping details and process a separate transaction for shipping fees. 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

For works which are shipped flat, sandwiched between sheets of cardboard, simply use a razor to make a shallow cut along the taped edge.

For works which are rolled in shipping tubes, remove either end of the tube. If the work is shipped in a single tube, the art will be pressed against the inner side of the tube and the central part of the tube will be filled with bubble wrap or crumpled paper. Remove this filling, then remove the art and protective papers by gently coiling the art as if to tighten the rolled paper; this will release it from pressing against the inside of the tube. Gently remove the piece. 

If there is a tube within a tube, gently slide the inner tube out of the outer tube and remove any cushioning foam or bubble wrap. The art will be wrapped around the inner tube. Remove the tape that secures the protective paper and slowly unroll the art.

Flatten the art while still protected by the additional paper. Carefully and slowly unroll the art on a clean and dry surface, placing weights as you unroll it to keep it flat (books work well-place the weights on the protective paper rather than directly on the art). Let it flatten for a day or more.

If we are shipping your print outside the state of Washington, you do not pay sales tax. If we ship your print within the state of Washington, you pay the sales tax associated with your shipping address.

If your package is stolen from your doorstep after delivery, please contact the carrier to resolve the issue. Though we ship our works insured, our coverage no longer applies once the shipment has been delivered. We recommend choosing the Signature on Delivery option to prevent stolen packages.

We use the safest packing methods according to the size and condition of the print; smaller prints are typically shipped flat, while larger prints are typically rolled in tubes. 

Payment and Return Policies

Due to our obligations to artists and consignors, we have limited ability to offer discounts. We strive to price works reasonably and accurately; negotiating prices is not a standard business practice.

Davidson Galleries fully guarantees every work to be authentic and as described. In the event that it is demonstrated by a qualified professional in the field that an item has been misrepresented, a full refund will be granted. 

Qualifying works may be returned to the gallery for any reason within two weeks of purchase for a full refund less shipping; some restrictions apply.  Returns for gallery credit may be made up to 30 days after purchase. Returned works must be securely packed, fully insured, and returned in the same condition in which they were purchased. Please contact us if you would like to request a return.

In order to prevent some returns, we are often able to allow works to be taken out ‘on approval’ prior to purchase. If you are having difficulty making a decision, please inquire for more information about this process.

Under some circumstances, Davidson Galleries offers the option to take works out of the gallery on approval prior to purchase. This is a great option for designers and art buyers who want to present our prints to their clients or for clients who want to make sure a specific print will work in their space before purchasing. We are not able to allow any prints that are a part of our current exhibition out on approval. Please inquire for more information about this process.

Payments over time may be possible for qualifying works. Please reach out to us if you are interested in paying over time.

All sales must be paid in full within 90 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We cannot offer discounts for prints that are being paid for over time. It is the responsibility of the customer to make payments in a timely manner based on the agreed-upon payment schedule, Davidson Galleries will not issue reminders. For the security of our client's personal information, the gallery does not retain payment information on file and will not automatically charge a customer. The gallery retains possession of the work until it is paid in full.

Services Offered

Yes, we offer appraisal services of fine prints for a fee. We are not able to evaluate other mediums. We must see work in person to offer an evaluation, even if it is an artist or piece that we have previous experience with. This allows us to verify that it is an original and to evaluate the condition. If you are not local to Seattle, we recommend that you contact your local art museum to find appraisal services in your area. We do not offer appraisals over the phone, via email, or from photographs. Learn more about appraisals here.

No, we do not offer framing services. For local clients, we highly recommend Gallery Frames. We are happy to provide information about non-damaging framing.

No, we do not offer restoration services. We highly recommend The Paper Alchemyst for restoration needs.

We are happy to provide complimentary certificates of authenticity upon request for any works purchased or appraised (click here for information on appraisal services). However we do not automatically include a certificate with a purchase; the invoice indicating that the work was purchased from us serves as validation of its authenticity.