Posted by User Name Suppressed on May 31, 2002 at 00:11:17:
In Reply to: Re: Trimming posted by Richard Illing on May 10, 2002 at 00:15:03:
Amen to that! While market values come and go, the personal value you find in your prints remains constant, or, if you chose wisely, grows and grows.
I never understood the "margin" myself. Nice to have them for balance, but if they're missing I display the print in its mat on a piece of acidfree Japanese paper with a similar tone - and voila! Margins return.
Similarly, I do not obsess about the backs of my prints. If they're acidfree backings and are not going to damage the front, more power to them.
: As a collector, I have never been much troubled by trimming so long as it does not significantly affect the design. Often it has allowed me to buy a print cheaply. Nearly thirty years ago I bought a copy of Kuniyoshi's Nichiren quelling the waves from Richard Kruml's Catalogue 9 #13 for £220 with the margin trimmed off, when the same print with margin, #14, was £330, so I got a super print for 2/3 the price of a 'perfect' print. I realise that, when my collection is dispersed, that it will always be regarded as 'damaged goods' and will never be worth as much as a perfect print but I was not buying for investment but for pleasure and I am certain that, come the time, there will be others looking to the pleasure of owning a lovely design. Trimming does reduce the price of a print; whether it reduces the value is a reflection of market forces and fashion.
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