Terms regarding condition of prints

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Posted by Gwynn Goodner on April 16, 1998 at 20:34:06:

I am rather new to the world of Ukiyo-e collecting and would like to know more about some of the terms I have seen in comments about the condition of prints. What do the terms toning, foxing, and metallic transfer indicate when purchasing a print via the internet. Are there any words of advice or caution you could offer to a neophite? Are there certain things to avoid and/or look for when buying a print? So far I have been using primarily aesthetics to judge whether or not I would purchase a piece. Good and bad: good in that I am buying for reasons of artistic merit, but bad in that I may be overpaying for clever reproductions and fakes. I am well versed in the printing processes, so I can tell offset litho fakes easily, and I am starting to develop an eye for what looks like older paper, but am still unsure. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

I have an opportunity to purchase a Koitsu (20th cent.) print of the "Sacred Bridge at Nikko". It looks a bit faded, but it is $65.00. I have seen the same image on a internet sales site for around $400.00. Should I go ahead and buy it or save up for something else? Thanks!

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