Re: Rakusan Tsuchiya Print

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Posted by Marc Kahn on January 06, 2003 at 06:48:14:

In Reply to: Rakusan Tsuchiya Print posted by Marty Sarsany on January 05, 2003 at 21:35:25:


You have a "framed print" from a friend's grandmother and the "paper is yellowed from age". This tells me that your print is mounted in an acidic environment. Acidity is what causes the yellow color, called toning. Unless the print is removed from this environment, the paper will slowly lose its viability, becoming brittle and brown. Therefore, the print needs to be removed from the frame.

Once it is removed, if it hasn't been glued down to a backing, you can easily tell if it is a woodblock print by examining the back of the paper. If you see rubbing marks and if some of the ink has bled through to the back, then it is a woodblock print.

The worst case scenario is if your print has been glued down to a backing (laid down). It's probably the backing which is acidic. If, after having removed it from the framing, you find that it is laid down, post here again, and we'll talk about your options.


: My wife and I were given a framed print by a family friend. The print was from her grandmother. We later saw it in a catolog from a Rakusan Tsuchinya poster gallery. We don't know if our's is a block print or a copy. It is very faded, but it looks like an original water color. The paper is yellowed from age, but it is signed in charcoal and has what we asume are Japanese characters also in charcoal on the bottom. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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