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Careless Handling Often Causes Much More Damage Than Aging

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Careless usage caused this sketched to be ruined

This period print by Degas (1890 ish) ripped while careless owners tried to remove it from its framing. This paper was glued down directly to the mounting board. This is a very poor way to mount art works on paper, usually done by someone in a hurry that doesn’t know what they are doing. As the owner lifted the deteriorated brittle paper, an unexpected part of the edge was glued down and ripped as the owner lifted.

Because of this rip the art work will now require $600 worth of conservation treatment and there will be loss of value because the paper is no longer in virgin conditions.

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