Stll more on trimming and backing :o)

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on May 09, 2002 at 02:06:14:

In Reply to: Re: More on trimming posted by Pat Collins on May 08, 2002 at 16:20:00:

All true and very well described. Thanks Pat !

But, allow me add just a few remarks:

1. Some Japanese backing from the period has been done with a slightly different type of paper (thicker or denser). This may cause the print to "wobble" when temperature and humidity changes. So, this may be a good reason to remove or replace the backing.

2. If you happen to buy a print (by accident) that has an acidic cardboard backing then you should rush to a professional restaurer immediately. In some cases it can be detached before any damage is done. I had such a print which began to show so-called "foxing" due to the influence of the acidic cardboard it was pasted on. After the restaurer had removed this board, the foxing process stopped immediately. Another print was glued very tightly to such a board. Because it couldn't be removed, it was given a special bath to neutralize the acid (no foxing has appeared yet).

3. In some cases the loss of the margins can be a desaster. For instance, a lot of Hiroshige prints have seals and texts printed on the margins. When removed they might be more difficult to attribute or date. Meiji and Taisho copies of famous older prints are often easely recognized by the "new" publisher seals and strange cuts in the margins. When removed they are often sold as genuine to fool the less experienced buyer.

That's it for now ...


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