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quaintness of korea
quaintness of korea  
hi mr laskowski,  i was woundering if you could help me, i have a 1920 color woodblock print from lilian may miller titled "quaintness of korea" in a original old frame with a art gallery sticker on reverse stating the art gallery name the title of print and that it's an original print. my question is if i should take it out of the old frame because of conditioning factors from age or leave it alone. i would think it needs to come out of the old frame to put in a more archival matting etc. but i didn't want to affect the value with the sticker etc. please can you give me your thoughts on what do do.   thank you so much for your time. i attached a photo ,hope this helps. thanks again.

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Terry, the answer to that would be, "How much do you have invested in the piece?"

Her prints range anywhere from $100-$1,000. Yours I would say has a fair market value of $250-$350. The more elaborate ones are worth more. So for an archival matt you are looking at $100 to change it. If you leave the old matt, the acid will surely discolor your print.

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Joseph B. Laskowski

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I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.

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Experienced in American Art from the period 1850-1950. This Includes Impressionism, Regionalism, Early American Modernism, Hudson River School, WPA. I have 15 years researching, collecting, dealing, and appraising in this field. Ran a Fine Art gallery for 3 years in Phoenixville, Pa. that focused on American and European art from the 1800's to contemporary works. Rare books focused on fine art monographs and catalogue raisonne.

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Pennsylvania Antique Appraisers Association
American Society of Appraisers (Candidate)

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Brimfield Rush, a book written by Bob Wyss of the University of Connecticut. It details the escapades, trials and travails of myself, my ex, and other individuals who have been to Brimfield , Mass. to tame the largest flea market in North America. Maybe even the world.

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American Society of Appraisers
BA from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina
Appraisal Studies at George Washington University

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