Re: Paper er, conservation?

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Posted by Colin Birch on December 08, 2002 at 19:42:18:

In Reply to: Paper er, conservation? posted by George Aar on December 01, 2002 at 08:45:55:

Since noone else has responded to this I will offer two contrasting answers.
1) If you just frame it and hang it in a bright position, you can enjoy it while the colours fade and the paper yellows. It will take much less than 200 years! I don't think you will ever get chain lines, because "ultra-white" suggests you have a totally different paper.

2) I think your question rather ignores the contribution of whoever made your print. If you wanted something that looked like an old Sharaku, you could have bought a good photographic reproduction. What you have is admittedly a copy, but is itself an authored work, probably produced in a relatively small edition, intended to be seen as it is. I am sure the artists or craftsmen that produced it would be hurt to see you soaking it in tea!

I admit to being a little bit of a hypocrite here. I have two volumes of a Taisho copy of "Green Houses" by Shunsho and Shigemasa. I prefer the volume in worse condition, because the colours are softer and warmer. That leads to a third suggestion:

Why not just buy cheaper copies in worse condition? Copies in your preferred state might cost half as much!

: O.K. this is a somewhat different sort of question so those of you of a real "purist" nature or of a weak constitution may want to avert your eyes.

: I've got a 20th century reproduction of the classic image by Sharaku of the Yakko Edobei. I really like the print and it does have the correct colors and mica ground, however it looks just a bit TOO pristine. Is there a way to give it a little more age or "character", without risking great damage?

: I mean, I don't want to trash the thing, just give the paper a little more color, maybe define the "chain lines" a bit, anything to take away the harsh, ultra-white, sterile look it has now. Do I have to wait 200 years to get the look I want?

: geo.

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