Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1740's French Table

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11/14/2019

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This 1740’s French Rococo gilt table is in the lab receiving treatment for an upcoming exhibition in 2021.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Mysterious Appearance

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11/8/2019

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This tall narrow painting by a husband-and-wife pair is in the paintings conservation studio for removal of varnish and discolored retouching.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Troublesome Letter

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10/31/2019

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Oil paintings do not usually come to the Paper Lab, but occasionally the conservators share projects, and that is the case here.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Painted Silk Bedspread

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10/24/2019

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A steady hand and a sharp eye are key for the repair currently underway of this painted silk taffeta bedspread in the textile conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Korean Lacquered Chest Update

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10/17/2019

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This week in Objects Conservation: An update on the treatment of our 19th C Korean lacquered chest.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A visit to Paris!

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10/10/2019

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Our paintings conservator has been cleaning this idyllic view of the Seine for the past few days.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Tyger Still Burns Bright

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10/3/2019

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Over the summer the paper conservator prepared two William Blake works for travel to an important exhibit at the Tate Britain in London. Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of hand colored relief etchings of his poems first published in 1789 and 1794.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ragsby Dollyver, Before & After

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9/26/2019

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In textile conservation, work was recently completed on “Ragsby Dollyver,” a “portrait” rag doll by Laura Turpin that may be the artist’s self-portrait.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Incense Burner

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9/23/2019

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These two separate fragments from a stone incense burner have been in the collection since 1939.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Filling up with Duveneck!

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9/12/2019

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Conservation for the upcoming Duveneck exhibition continues apace.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Petra Ceramics

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8/29/2019

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These two 1st Century CE ceramics from Petra are in the objects lab receiving conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ready for his close-up?

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8/15/2019

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Sometimes a painting can make its feelings known.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Make it better, but keep it the same

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8/8/2019

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Sometimes an artist presents us with something that looks good from the front, but when we turn it over we notice that there are problems that can’t be seen when the art is hanging on a wall.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Japanese Haori

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8/1/2019

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This Japanese garment, or haori, recently went on display in the Asian Gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Sasanian Panels

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7/25/2019

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These two 5-6th C stucco panels are in the lab for treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: All that glitters!

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7/18/2019

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Our Italian masterpiece A Sibyl and a Prophet by Andrea Mantegna, dated to around 1495, has been in the paintings conservation lab for treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Royal Portrait

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7/11/2019

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Later this month a group of portrait miniatures will go on view highlighting women artists and subjects.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920s Gown

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7/3/2019

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Can you find the conservation that has been carried out for this silk chiffon gown from the 1920s?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Korean Lacquered Chest

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6/27/2019

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This week in Objects Conservation: a 19th C Korean lacquered chest.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: An Intern’s Experience

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6/19/2019

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Conservation preparation for the upcoming Duveneck exhibition (opening Fall 2020).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Indian Painting

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6/13/2019

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This month a new group of paintings is on display in the Indian gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920's desk lamps designed by Joseph Urban

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5/30/2019

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This week the objects conservator is working on an unusual project requiring the skills of an electrician.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A disappearing act!

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5/23/2019

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This large unfinished work by Frank Duveneck is in the paintings conservation lab to be examined.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Japanese Fashion Plate

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5/16/2019

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A group of Japanese prints depicting women wearing elaborate garments was recently in the paper lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The pieces come together!

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5/2/2019

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It is hard to imagine this arrangement of wooden fragments as a three-dimensional object, that’s why it has been in the conservation lab receiving some much needed attention.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A different kind of flyspeck!

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4/26/2019

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Sometimes our paintings conservator might find an ancient flyspeck on a painting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Helping the Archives

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4/18/2019

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Between doing conservation treatments for upcoming exhibitions, our paper conservator and her intern are working on a group of documents from the Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll research pays off!

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4/11/2019

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What does the 1850 census have to do with textile conservation? And this rag doll?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A black light revelation!

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3/28/2019

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In the course of examining this early 20th century painting by American Impressionist Walter Schofield, our paintings conservator noticed a curious thing.