Bookplates from Gordon Collett

Auden BookplateWhile Gordon's main work is a creating trompe-l'oeil murals he is also a portrait artist and pen & ink illustrator and its in this medium that he creates Ex-Libris bookplates. He created his first bookplate in 1989 and since then his output has grown steadily with commissions from both private individuals and public institutions.

The design for a plate is a product of the dialogue between artist and client, with the themes, motifs and ideas raised in that dialogue all feeding the final design. The design is then drawn in ink using mixed pen and brush work and when finished the final design is scanned ready for digital printing. While the printing makes use of modern technology the design process and the drawing of the design are all done by hand and the original artwork is provided to the client as part of a commission.

If you'd like more information, or would like to speak to Gordon about commissioning a bookplate, please use the form below.


Prices for Pen and Ink designs.

Bookplate for Library of University College OxfordFor self-adhesive plates (peel-off backing, 100gsm acid-free cartridge paper) Bookplate in sizes which are approximately 10 x 7cms, 7 x 7cms, or 10 x 10cms, a cost of £295 will get you 250x printed (monochrome) self-adhesive paper bookplates plus my original artwork.

For plate sizes 10 x 14 cms (approx. A6) for £295 you get 100x printed self-adhesive bookplates and the original drawing. For plate sizes 14 x 21 cms (approx. A5), then for £295 you get 50x printed self-adhesive bookplates and the original drawing.

Colour plates are £45 additional to this.

70gsm gummed (lick and stick) archival quality paper is a one-off charge of £10 extra (recommended for antiquarian or very valuable books).

[For straight forward Armorial plates, where I am re-drawing an existing design (i.e. there is no significant design time) then please take off £35].

Extra sets can be provided at any later date, priced by size, all £50:

250x smaller bookplates 10 x 7cms or 7 x 7cms;
160X 10 x 10 cms;
100x 10 x 14 cms (approx. A6); or
50x 14 x 21 cms (approx. A5).

All including post and packing within the UK, overseas prices to be costed as applicable.
If you are happy with this, I require a deposit of £100 to start.

I can post samples on request.

Painted designs.. (e.g. grisaille or trompe l’œil) will be priced on application.


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