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All Spruced Up ! /"Wakyosai" Equine Wood Block Prints /Bucking Stallion-Mare And Foal 14" x 20" Framed/ Circa 1940-50

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Woodblock Prints34 of 143Japanese woodblock?"Wakyosai" Original Woodcut "Equine" Prints /Bucking Stallion-Mare And Foal  14" x 20" Framed/ Circa 1940-50
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    Posted 3 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    Well here they are ! All spruced up and ready to hang. Clean glass, touched up frames and most importantly new mattes. I picked a rich red color in a standard 16"x 20" acid free matte which had to be cut down. The opening is a bit smaller 11"x 14" than the original but it's only hiding about an inch or so of blank space. When I took them apart I found the old water stained mattes are glued to crumbling pieces of heavy card stock along with the print. Not the best thing to do but back in the day this was common. I'm sure it hurts the value being cut down from the original sheet too. There's a couple spots of foxing and a wrinkle in the mare and foal one from a hit to the back of the brittle card stock. The best I could do was place the new mattes over the whole thing and hope they don't deteriorate any further. They just need new dust papers on the back to seal them from the elements. They've had a rough life up to this point but they're safe now and they look great !
    -Mike-

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Absolutely look great Mike! The red was an excellent choice.
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Well done Mike!! They look amazing!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much Karen and Scott...just a little TLC and viola ! :)
    4. pops52 pops52, 3 years ago
      Look great Mike!
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      Oh, that's a big improvement!
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone ..... Thomas. Pops, and Bonnie. They're all set for at least another half century. :)
    7. NevadaBlades, 3 years ago
      They both look fantastic, Mike. Agree with Karen, red was the perfect choice, matches the red colored seal ("Hanko" in Japanese). Great job! [;>)
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Nevada.... it's was a toss up between the red or a celadon green. Red is my favorite color and I felt as you said it tied it to the seal. A very traditional color combo with the black frames as well. :)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much Roy for the "love" and compliment. :)
    10. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Great color choice Mike! The red pops and brings them to life!
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Rick....they were kind of lost in that sea of white. I'm amazed at the amount of movement just a few brush strokes can create. :)

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