Rare Prints Gallery

Rare Prints Gallery We offer custom framing, rare prints, old maps, and more. We're one of the last concrete rare print Find a beautiful piece that speaks to you at Rare Prints Gallery, our art gallery in Franklin, TN.

We specialize in unique rare prints, some of them dating back to the very first printing press! Our antique prints come from encyclopedias, coffee table books, and even children's picture books published in past centuries. Each one of our rare prints is timelessly classic. With us, you'll receive a piece of art that not only looks beautiful, but carries a touch of history in it. We offer antique m

We specialize in unique rare prints, some of them dating back to the very first printing press! Our antique prints come from encyclopedias, coffee table books, and even children's picture books published in past centuries. Each one of our rare prints is timelessly classic. With us, you'll receive a piece of art that not only looks beautiful, but carries a touch of history in it. We offer antique m

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Tomorrow is the return of #FranklinArtScene! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰We will be featuring some of our new items in the gallery so swing by fo...
07/01/2021

Tomorrow is the return of #FranklinArtScene! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰We will be featuring some of our new items in the gallery so swing by for a glass of wine! #downtownfranklin #localartists

Tomorrow is the return of #FranklinArtScene! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰We will be featuring some of our new items in the gallery so swing by for a glass of wine! #downtownfranklin #localartists

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Have you heard? Franklin Art Scene is coming back!!! We will be open 6-9pm on July 2nd for the return of the art crawl...
05/12/2021

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Have you heard? Franklin Art Scene is coming back!!! We will be open 6-9pm on July 2nd for the return of the art crawl We have some great new things to show everyone! #downtownfranklintn #artcrawl #FirstFriday #shoplocalπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Have you heard? Franklin Art Scene is coming back!!! We will be open 6-9pm on July 2nd for the return of the art crawl We have some great new things to show everyone! #downtownfranklintn #artcrawl #FirstFriday #shoplocalπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

In 1914, the exchange rate of the German mark to the American dollar was about 4.2 to one, Nine years later, it was 4.2 ...
05/07/2021

In 1914, the exchange rate of the German mark to the American dollar was about 4.2 to one, Nine years later, it was 4.2 TRILLION to one. Workers brought wheelbarrows, sacks, and suitcases to work to collect their pay. Swing by the gallery to see a 500 million mark and learn more about hyperinflation! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ #hyperinflation #rareprint #visitfranklin

Two framed archival reproductions from the same series. One exact reproduction in a classic frame. The other is a digita...
04/16/2021

Two framed archival reproductions from the same series. One exact reproduction in a classic frame. The other is a digitally edited reproduction in a more contemporary frame. No matter the series, we can fit your aesthetic! Which do you like more? β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ #archivalreproduction #customwallpaper #customframing #downtownfranklintn

Are you not sure if your etching is an original or digital reproduction? A great identification technique is taking a ma...
03/24/2021

Are you not sure if your etching is an original or digital reproduction? A great identification technique is taking a magnifying glass and looking closely at the image. If it is a true etching, you'll notice the lack of dots in the picture unlike in photos or images that come from a printing press. πŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–Œ #originalvsreproduction #vintageprints #artcollectortips #downtownfranklinTN

Are you not sure if your etching is an original or digital reproduction? A great identification technique is taking a magnifying glass and looking closely at the image. If it is a true etching, you'll notice the lack of dots in the picture unlike in photos or images that come from a printing press. πŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–Œ #originalvsreproduction #vintageprints #artcollectortips #downtownfranklinTN

Have you ever wondered how stained glass is made? The process takes a large amount of precision, but the first step is a...
03/18/2021
Joan of Arc's Legacy - RP Gallery

Have you ever wondered how stained glass is made? The process takes a large amount of precision, but the first step is a general drawing. We have some great stained glass preparatory drawings in the shop, but a favorite is our Joan of Arc. Check out or blog to learn more about this drawing and where the stained glass still stands today!🌟✏️🌟 #stainedglass #vintageprint #arthistory #downtownfranklintn

Have you ever wondered how stained glass is made? The process takes a large amount of precision, but the first step is a general drawing. We have some great stained glass preparatory drawings in the shop, but a favorite is our Joan of Arc. Β  Clayton and Bell was a world-renowned stained gla ...

These unique botanicals were created by Sarah Rhodes, an amateur botanical artist in 1804-1805. She employed the use of ...
03/11/2021

These unique botanicals were created by Sarah Rhodes, an amateur botanical artist in 1804-1805. She employed the use of both watercolors and gouache on vellum to produce images that are light and flowery yet solid. They have been passed down through the family preserved in an album.🌺🌸🌼 #rareprint #vellum #botanicalprint #downtownfranklintn

This #etching is from Dr. Ludwig Glaser's "Life and Peculiarities in the Middle and Lower Animal World. First Division A...
02/25/2021

This #etching is from Dr. Ludwig Glaser's "Life and Peculiarities in the Middle and Lower Animal World. First Division Amphibians, Fish, and Arthropods." This first edition was published in Leipzig, Germany c.1870. There are so many creatures in one etching. What is your favorite part? πŸ πŸ™πŸŸ #historicalprint #seacreatures #downtownfranklintn

02/19/2021

Rare Prints Gallery will open until 4pm today. We will resume regular hours tomorrow! Have a great snowy day ❄❄❄

02/17/2021

We will remain closed today due to weather conditions. If anyone has any questions, feel free to email [email protected] and we will get back to you! We hope everyone is staying safe and warm! ❄️❄️❄️ #WeatherClosing #downtownfranklintn

Due to the weather, we will be closed today. We will re-open tomorrow. We hope every stays safe and warm! β˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈ #weathe...
02/16/2021

Due to the weather, we will be closed today. We will re-open tomorrow. We hope every stays safe and warm! β˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈ #weatherclosing #downtownfranklintn

Woodblock is one of the earliest printing methods dating as early as 220 AD. The practice originated in China as stamps ...
02/12/2021
Traditional Woodblock Printing by a Master - RP Gallery

Woodblock is one of the earliest printing methods dating as early as 220 AD. The practice originated in China as stamps and seals for official documents. Woodblock techniques were widely used in East Asia, but slowly moved west and became popular with artists and printmakers like Albrecht Durer. The area where woodblocks remain the most popular is Japan. Check out our blog to see how these traditional pieces are still produced or swing by the shop to see some in person! 🌟🌟🌟 #arthistoryblog #printhistory #woodblockprint

"Japanese Courtesans" c.1918 Hand Colored Woodblock Print Woodblock printing is one of the earliest printing methods dating as early as 220 AD. The practice originated in China as stamps and seals for official documents. Woodblock techniques were widely used in East Asia, but slowly mo ...

Check out this amazing piece of civil war history! We just mounted this 1864 Civil War gun and placed it in a plexiglass...
02/04/2021

Check out this amazing piece of civil war history! We just mounted this 1864 Civil War gun and placed it in a plexiglass box. This local family heirloom is now safe and will be on display for many generations! #customframing #civilwargun #museumquality #downtownfranklintn πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

Fay-Yen-Fah was an extravagant Opera written and composed by Templeton Crocker and Joseph Redding. The two turned to H.J...
01/14/2021
See Costumes from an Early 20th Century Opera - RP Gallery

Fay-Yen-Fah was an extravagant Opera written and composed by Templeton Crocker and Joseph Redding. The two turned to H.J. Stowitts, also known as β€œAmerica’s First Ambassador of International Culture,” to create the costumes and sets. The Opera premiered in 1925. Stowitts then created lithographs from his creations that were published as a series in Paris in 1928. Click the link below to see more from this incredible series! 🎭🎭🎭 #Arthistoryblog #vintageprints #Rareprints #downtownfranklintn

Lithographs from the 1928 publishing of Fay- Yen-Fah by H.J. Stowitts Β  Originally titled Land of Happiness, Fay-Yen-Fah was an extravagant Opera written and composed by Templeton Crocker and Joseph Redding. The two turned to H.J. Stowitts, also known as β€œAmerica’s First Ambassador of I ...

We are open! Stop by our gallery anytime during our regular hours to see what is new or get your holiday gift framed! Do...
01/06/2021

We are open! Stop by our gallery anytime during our regular hours to see what is new or get your holiday gift framed! Don't forget to ask about our Collier's covers! 🌟🌟🌟 #rareprints #vintagecolliers #vintageprint #downtownfranklintn

12/29/2020

Just a reminder that we are closed for the holidays but our gallery will re-open on January 5th! 🀩🀩🀩

12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from all of us at Rare Prints Gallery! We hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and New Years! β›„πŸ˜β›„

Rare Prints Gallery will be closed Christmas Eve through January 4th. We will open back up to our normal hours Tuesday J...
12/22/2020

Rare Prints Gallery will be closed Christmas Eve through January 4th. We will open back up to our normal hours Tuesday January 5th! We look forward to seeing everyone after the holidays! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ #holidayhours #holidayclosure #downtownfranklintn

Do you need a last minute Christmas gift? Our readymade poster frames can fit any of our custom archival reproduction po...
12/17/2020

Do you need a last minute Christmas gift? Our readymade poster frames can fit any of our custom archival reproduction posters! We will be open until December 23rd for your Christmas gift needs! 🎁🎁🎁 #uniquegifts #archivalreproduction #lastminutegifts #downtownfranklintn

This Saturday is your last chance to place your custom framing order for Christmas! Stop by the shop and we will help se...
12/10/2020

This Saturday is your last chance to place your custom framing order for Christmas! Stop by the shop and we will help select the perfect frame for your #Christmasgift πŸŽβ›„οΈπŸŽ #downtownfranklintn #uniquegifts #historicalprints

If you want #customframing for your Christmas gifts, our deadline to place orders is December 12th! Be sure to come by t...
12/05/2020

If you want #customframing for your Christmas gifts, our deadline to place orders is December 12th! Be sure to come by this week for any last minute Christmas framing. 🎁🎁🎁 #christmasgifts #uniquegifts #downtownfranklin

Framing an artwork can be a very intimidating subject. Here at Rare Prints, we have seen or created almost any type of f...
12/02/2020
Tips to Make Your Framing Unique - RP Gallery

Framing an artwork can be a very intimidating subject. Here at Rare Prints, we have seen or created almost any type of frame to make sure an artwork reaches its full potential. If you would like some tips to make your framing unique and catch the eye without overpowering an artwork, take a look at our latest blog! πŸ–ΌπŸ‘€πŸ–Ό #artblog #framingblog #uniqueframing #framingtips

The framing of an artwork can be an intimidating subject. Here at Rare Prints, we have seen or created almost any type of frame to make sure an artwork reaches its full potential. When the sky is the limit, framing can be a little more intimidating. Everyone wants the best concept for their par ...

We are offering 25% off all custom framing! Stop by our gallery TODAY to support our small business and get a great deal...
11/27/2020

We are offering 25% off all custom framing! Stop by our gallery TODAY to support our small business and get a great deal! πŸ–ΌπŸ€©πŸ–Ό #customframing #sbsdeal #onedayonly #smallbusinessdaturday

This #SmallBusinessSaturday we are offering 25% off all custom framing! Stop by our gallery on November 28th to support ...
11/25/2020

This #SmallBusinessSaturday we are offering 25% off all custom framing! Stop by our gallery on November 28th to support our small business and get a great deal! πŸ–ΌπŸ€©πŸ–Ό #customframing #sbsdeal #onedayonly

Our gallery will be closed this Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th for Thanksgiving. We will Reopen on Saturday for S...
11/23/2020

Our gallery will be closed this Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th for Thanksgiving. We will Reopen on Saturday for Small Business Saturday where we will offer 25% off custom framing. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ #Thankgivingholiday #smallbusinesssaturday #downtownfranklin

Downtown Franklin
10/30/2020

Downtown Franklin

Solids or stripes? This 1974 photo shows guys in a game of pool in the pool hall that was located on Main Street across from the The Franklin Theatre. You can see the theater's old shingled mansard canopy through the window, and the marquee advertising the original version of "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Today that spot houses Rare Prints Gallery! 🎱🎨

#shopsmall #shoplocal #downtownfranklintn #franklintn #visitfranklintn #KeepItGoing #downtownfranklin #franklinorange2020

It may seem too soon, but right now is the perfect time to b start thinking about getting an art, print, or frame relate...
10/13/2020

It may seem too soon, but right now is the perfect time to b start thinking about getting an art, print, or frame related holiday gift! As the season progresses it tends to put a bit more pressure on the art industry and tight turnaround times for last minute ideas can either cost more or might not even be possible. If you would like to get one of our prints framed, now is the time! #holidayprep #giftideas #uniquegifts #historicalprints

After purchasing a historical print, the next task is displaying the piece while still properly preserving it. Historic ...
10/07/2020
Tips for Framing your Historic Print - RP Gallery

After purchasing a historical print, the next task is displaying the piece while still properly preserving it. Historic prints are an investment as well as a form of decor. Read our blog for some tips to get the best framing for your artwork! πŸ–ΌπŸ–ΌπŸ–Ό #artblog #downtownfranklin #framing #preservation

After purchasing a historical print, the next task is displaying the piece while still properly preserving it. The great thing about prints is that most retain, or increase in value if they are properly cared for. Historic prints are an investment as well as a form of decor. Here are some tips t ...

Though we specialize in original prints, archival reproductions are a phenomenal alternative. Not only are you getting a...
08/26/2020
Take a Look at our Archival Reproduction Capabilities - RP Gallery

Though we specialize in original prints, archival reproductions are a phenomenal alternative. Not only are you getting a rare image at a reduced price, but you have the capabilities to edit the piece to your specifications. We can change size, color, materials and even edit images. Click the link to learn how the sky's the limit with our prints!🀩🀩🀩 #archivalreproduction #historicreproduction #downtownfranklin #vintageprint #historicprint

Though we specialize in original prints, archival reproductions are a phenomenal alternative. Not only are you getting a rare image at a reduced price, but you also have the capabilities to edit the piece to your specifications. Our cutting edge scanner uses the finest of German optics. Sounds f ...

We will be closed Saturday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. We hope everyone has a great weekend!🀩🀩🀩
06/30/2020

We will be closed Saturday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. We hope everyone has a great weekend!🀩🀩🀩

Check our our new blog "The Strenuous Task of Mezzotints." The method of mezzotint was invented in the mid 17th century....
03/05/2020
The Strenuous Task of Mezzotints - RP Gallery

Check our our new blog "The Strenuous Task of Mezzotints." The method of mezzotint was invented in the mid 17th century. It is a tedious task of using a tool called a "rocker" on a copperplate, but it has outstanding results.
To learn more about the history and method behind mezzotints, click the link below!πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸ“š #Mezzotint #rareprint #histocialprint #floralstudies #rareprintsgallery #downtownfranklintn

Two color-printed Mezzotints from Johann Weinmann's "Floral Studies" c.1736. Β  The method of mezzotint was invented in the mid 17th century. Ludwig von Siegen was credited to be the original mezzotint printmaker, though he did not use the proper tool, known as a rocker. Prin ...

We only have a few of John James Audubon's 1st Royal Octavo Editions left! Come see the Hermit Wood-Warbler and the Mang...
02/19/2020

We only have a few of John James Audubon's 1st Royal Octavo Editions left! Come see the Hermit Wood-Warbler and the Mango Hummingbird published in 1841, and ask about our larger Audubon editions!🐦🐦🐦#Audubonprints #Rareprints #ornthologicalstudies #Downtownfranklintn

We have new window displays! Swing by the gallery to see this new wallpaper that was taken from a scientific study on se...
02/05/2020

We have new window displays! Swing by the gallery to see this new wallpaper that was taken from a scientific study on sealife and large William Curtis botanical reproductions! πŸŽ‹πŸŒΏπŸŒΈ#VisitFranklinTN #Rareprints #downtownfranklin #historicprints

πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰Happy Birthday to our amazing Gallery Director, Mel Ferrer! Swing by the gallery to see him and hear about our unique...
01/30/2020

πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰Happy Birthday to our amazing Gallery Director, Mel Ferrer! Swing by the gallery to see him and hear about our unique physiognomy engravings. Originally printed in 1806, but they were created almost 150 years earlier. You can hear the whole story from Mel!πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰ #rareprints #historicalprints #downtownfranklintn

This very beautiful 200+ year old print is from the volumes of George Shaw’s General Zoology, published from 1800 – 1820...
01/22/2020

This very beautiful 200+ year old print is from the volumes of George Shaw’s General Zoology, published from 1800 – 1820.
Dr. Shaw was a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of the Linnean Society and a zoologist and keeper of the natural history department at the British Museum in London. Stop by to see more of Dr.Shaw's series!😁😁😁 #Rareprints #DowntownFranklin #HisoticalPrints #zoology

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420 Main St
Franklin, TN
37064

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm

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+16154721980

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πŸŽ‰JOIN US for our first "Gentlemen’s Forum" on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 PM. Guest speaker Lee Kennedy from the Leiper's Fork Distillery will provide whiskey tastings and discuss his local family history that includes rum runners and outlawed distilleries. He will also explain the distilling process, work-arounds during the Prohibition, and examine local stills found on an old Williamson County map. The whiskey will be paired with hors d'oeuvres. This exclusive event is limited to 20 seats. Tickets are $25 and available IN-STORE or by PHONE at 615-482-1980. Guests receive a $25 gift certificate for Rare Prints Gallery. Shout out to Jordan Brady of Damico Frame & Art Gallery for the awesome ticket design! P.S. LADIES, stay tuned because we've got a "Women's Forum" coming up in November featuring wine, tapas, and our friends at Walton's Antique Jewelry! Details coming soon... πŸ·πŸ›
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