Re:- mount /backing?

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Posted by Marc Kahn on July 29, 2003 at 23:43:04:

In Reply to: Re:- mount /backing? posted by Sara on July 29, 2003 at 20:31:57:


There are different ways that the print can be attached to the board. The most benign way is if it is glued only on the top 2 corners. This is called "tipped". The worst is if it is glued all over, which is called "laid down". Some variations include being glued along the top edge and being glued all around on 4 edges.

All other things being equal, loose prints are the most valuable while laid down prints take a major hit.

Probably your next question is what should be done about it. In general, it is best to remove the print from its backing. In most cases, the backing has acidity which over time is destructive to the print.

Please check to see how the print is attached and have a close look at the type of material the backing board is made of. Describe that here and you will probably get some divergent opinions about how to proceed. Be forewarned that there are some here (myself included) who sometimes feel comfortable handling this kind of problem themselves, while there are others who feel that any restoration work should only be done by a certified conservator.

I'm looking forward to hearing the details about what you observe.


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