Re: Deacidification spray on prints?

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Posted by Noel Chiappa ( on May 13, 2014 at 01:20:55:

In Reply to: Re: Deacidification spray on prints? posted by A R on May 10, 2014 at 03:43:47:

"We nearly daily encounter prints which have been ruined and ravished by 'home-studied' restorers (dealers and collectors). They obviously work for a monetary gain."

Your first observation is 'interesting', because the only book I know of about restoring prints:

Carl Schraubstadter, "Care and Repair of Japanese Prints",
Idlewild, Cornwall-on-Hudson, 1948

was written by someone who started out as.... a collector who started doing restoration work on his own prints. And it has a glowing forward from someone at the MFA, to boot.

Your second observation is factually incorrect (not to mention offensive); many of the people who post here have never made a penny out of either the advice they give here, or restoring prints, or acting as a print dealer, etc, etc. (And one wonders if the "give your print to a restorer specializing in ukiyo-e prints" has any overtones in it.)

Look, we all understand that a tremendous amount of damage is being done to prints by poor handling - and we all regret it, and would like to prevent it. But your message is not helpful.

And, ironically, probably 100 times as many prints (if not 1000 times) have been destroyed by people who either i) put them up on the wall for years, or ii) put them on acid backings, as compared to the few who try to work on them.


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