This Reuben Tam print was so badly acid-burned and foxed that it was difficult to make out the imagery. After 5 weeks of patient conservation and restoration, this monoprint has come back to life. The playful crabs now dance across the coral and the beautiful, subtle colors are visible again. A light layer of a silvery metallic pigment also came to light.
This print responded especially well to treatment because of the high quality Japanese paper that it was originally printed on. A very delicate touch was needed to remove the many foxing spots all over the paper.