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Liquid Stain on Lithograph of a Woman by Henri Matisse

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This work on art on paper came into the lab because it has a water stain on the lower right hand corner, which makes this valuable print look awful… and takes away from the value. What causes water stains? I spoke with Scott Haskins, our conservator and he said one of the reasons this could […]

Help, I Inherited A Pile Of Family Photos and Scrapbooks!

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This question (and answer) is reproduced here for the benefit of all… this is a very common situation that appeals to the heart of family history. To Scott, Thank you for the photo archival information that you sent to me as the Preservation Tips that I signed up for on It’s been very useful. […]