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Tralfaz
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posted 12-12-2012 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tralfaz   Click Here to Email Tralfaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the opportunity to purchase a Calle Armstrong print. It has some, what was described to me as slight "Foxing" (small brown spots) throughout the print. Otherwise the print is in good condition. Is this something that can be restored? Thanks in advance for any direction.

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posted 12-12-2012 05:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I understand, foxing cannot be removed by anything short of a chemical bath, which would likely damage the signature. If the foxing was isolated and minimal, maybe spot treatment could be done.

I'd consult with a professional paper conservator. I can provide a reference if you email me.

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posted 12-12-2012 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tralfaz   Click Here to Email Tralfaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well that explains the attractive price for the print.

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posted 12-12-2012 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DSeuss5490   Click Here to Email DSeuss5490     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If its the same print I am thinking of that has been offered for sale on eBay for many months, I do believe it is beyond repair. Its very unfortunate that it probably spent many years in a damp basement.

In the distant past I have bought such items and not only was I constantly reminded of their lousy condition, but most were impossible to sell when I wanted to upgrade to something nicer.

Unless you are just looking for a cheap filler Armstrong item, in the long run your money is better spent on a good condition print even if the cost is substantially more.

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posted 12-13-2012 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tralfaz   Click Here to Email Tralfaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This print is being sold locally. I've seen the one on eBay and this one is in much better shape. It's been in a frame since day one and the foxing spots are rather small and light so I'm thinking of taking a chance on it. I'm going to try to get pictures to show art restorers to get their opinions. I'm assuming the seller wont mind if it help him sell the print.

Thanks for your input. All additional advice is welcomed.

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posted 12-17-2012 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A qualified paper conservator can spot test and determine the signature's adversity to water.

They would like to wash it, if possible, but would test first.

(I just met with a conservator for a project on 6 documents - which will require spot testing).

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posted 12-17-2012 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it's still in the frame there is the possibility that some of the "foxing" may only be on the inside of the glass?

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posted 12-19-2012 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tralfaz   Click Here to Email Tralfaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made the purchase in hopes I could have some work done on the print. The good news is thats its a real Calle Armstrong print that has been in a frame for many many years. The bad news...the foxing is real and not really on the glass. It gets worse, the print is stuck to its cardboard backing.I'm still going to try to have work done on the print. Worse case... I have a sweet Armstrong autograph and a not so sweet Calle print.

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