Foxing and preservation

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Posted by ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ on November 04, 2002 at 02:20:23:

In Reply to: Re: remove the prints? How? posted by Andreas Grund on November 02, 2002 at 03:58:54:

Don't remove the prints from the folders.

You can arrest the outbreak of foxing by storing the set in dry condition. Just removing the prints from the folders will not make any difference in arresting continuing foxing. You will destroy a large part of the monetary and historical value of the set by removing the prints from the original folders. It is rare to find complete sets even by Tokuriki so every effort should be made to maintain the integrity of the set.

As an extra precaution you can isolate the prints by inserting inert paper underneath and above the print in the folder. However storage in dry condition is a must. Dry condition will also reduce the chance of any insect damage (which is a concern as you are living in Japan).

At the moment the sosaku hanga artist Tokuriki, who’s style is somewhere between shin hanga and sosaku hanga prints are very cheap but I my feeling is this will not last as his style is much less pedestrian than most shin hanga artists.

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