SERVICES & PRICES

Linen-Backing is mounting a poster on archival, acid-free paper and thin artist's canvas. The process includes some rehydrating and de-acidifying of the paper. After, we can patch in missing sections and color restore fold lines, tears, and stains.
 
The whole idea of linen-backing is to conserve the poster and add value. Below we detail descriptions of the varying options and methods, followed by pricing.

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Analyzing and Prepping:

At this first stage we lay out the poster to assess it's state. We remove any present tape and markings on the back. If it is showing signs of extreme acidity/staining, we can soak and/or bleach in our special bath. This can help buffer down the acidity level before mounting.

Linen-Backing:

This is the main part of our process, before restoration. We mount posters on a high quality artist canvas with a layer of strong acid free, archival paper. We use our own paste mixture with de-acidifying and de-molding agents. This stabilizes the paper from deterioration, and provides a support for restoration. The linen-backing process helps to make the poster sturdy for handling and framing.

Piecing In & Color Retouching:

We patch in missing sections of a poster with our stockpile of matching vintage paper. Then we use a variety of archival and acid free color retouching methods. We strive to be the least intrusive as possible to achieve a high level of quality restoration. All this is to help restore the poster to it's original luster. Yet, every client has their own aesthetic with how much of the patina to leave intact. We can talk with you to figure out your specific concerns on each piece.

Re-Lining:

Re-lining is the removing of an old backing on a poster, whether from last year or 80 years ago. There have been different methods and materials of linen-backing over the years. Some are reversible and some are not. After inspection, we can remove an old damaged backing to get the poster ready for a fresh mount.

Bleaching:

We use a mild bleaching agent to remove excessive staining, and adds vitality to the print. Posters are then washed and rinsed. We should only bleach in extreme cases of staining. While generally easy on the printing, it can sacrifice a bit of the integrity of the paper.

Pricing:

We determine the cost of linen-backing based on the size of the poster. This includes minor tape removal, cleaning the back, mounting, and washing. Costs below include soaking/bleaching, major tape/stain removal, patching, and color restoration.
 
Return shipping is also added to the final invoice, yet we provide all shipping materials. A discount of 10% on the linen-backing is given for orders of 5 or more, which is factored into the estimate and final invoice.

Piecing In & Color Restoration:

$60/hr. w/ a $10 minimum. (Most posters take anywhere from .25-2 hours)

Re-Lining:

$50/hr. (Most posters take anywhere from 1-2 hours)

French:                                           

Grande - 47x63 $150                      

Half Grande - 47x32 $105              

Moyenne - 32x24 $70

American:                                        

1 sheet - 27 x 41 $90                      

3 sheet - 41 x 79 $220

6 sheet - 81 x 81 $600

Italian:

2 sheet - 39 x 55 $150

4 sheet - 55 x 77 $250

Swiss:

36 x 51 $110

Misc. smaller size examples:

18 x 24 $65

12 x 18 $35

10 x 10 $20

 

 

 

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