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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 19th Century Cup and Saucer

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4/2/2020

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This set is made of porcelain with very thin, translucent walls and a gilt fruit and vine design.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nineteenth Century American Landscape

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3/26/2020

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This painting is a nineteenth century American landscape that has suffered multiple tears in the course of its lifetime, probably due to the poor quality of the canvas.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Recording Watermarks

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3/19/2020

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Our paper conservator has been in the darkroom capturing images of watermarks from some of our Old Master prints.

Behind the Scene in Conservation: Day Dress

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3/12/2020

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Check out this behind the scenes look from our conservators.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 19th Century Lacquered Chest

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3/5/2020

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This week in objects conservation we open up the 19th C Lacquered chest.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Yellow quashes violet!

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2/27/2020

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This beautiful landscape by Impressionist Alfred Sisley was recently being cleaned of its varnish by our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: New to Women Breaking Boundaries

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2/20/2020

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The objects in the Women Breaking Boundaries exhibit in the galleries across from the café are examples of wide-ranging media, including light-sensitive objects.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920’s Porcelain Bowl

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2/6/2020

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This week in objects conservation: this early 1920’s porcelain bowl is in the lab for cleaning and repair.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The perks of being a conservator!

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1/30/2020

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One of the perks of being a conservator is of course spending many hours up-close-and-personal with great art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Installing New Fashion Acquisitions

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1/16/2020

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In a few weeks, we are installing some recent acquisitions from CAM’s fashion collection in Gallery 150.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1740’s Rococo Gilt Table Returns

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1/9/2020

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This week in objects conservation we return to the 1740’s Rococo gilt table.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Overpainting vs. inpainting

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12/12/2019

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Conservation of this painting on wood panel by the Dewing husband-and-wife team was undertaken because the retouching on the painting had discolored.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: From One Artist to Another

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12/5/2019

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This drawing recently came to the paper lab to have some old paper remnants removed. The drawing is on the back of a letter, and some of the writing was obscured.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservation History

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11/21/2019

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CAM is proud to have one of the oldest art conservation labs in the country which started with a single, part-time paintings conservator in 1935.

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.