In the objects conservation lab this week: we have a beautiful, though heavily tarnished, 19th C silver bowl in the lab being treated before going on display next year.
In Objects Conservation: This 19th C carved wooden box is in the lab undergoing conservation before display in an upcoming reinstallation of our South Asian Art Galleries.
Catch this newly stabilized object back on display in the Islamic galleries later this year!
This week in objects conservation: Anytime an object is selected for display our objects conservator assesses its condition to determine whether it is stable, or whether it needs conservation treatment before display.
These two ceramic pieces have the same condition issues we see in many ceramic objects conserved in the early to mid 20th C.
This week we have a 16th C mug decorated with ships, seas, and animals.
This week we have an 18thC Islamic ceramic vessel with beautiful underglaze decoration.
This week in objects conservation: this 16th century Iznik plate is in the lab receiving treatment.
The lab is full of architectural stones as we get ready to reinstall our Nabataean galleries.
This bowl, from Iraq, is a beautiful example of lusterware. Luster is an iridescent effect produced by metallic oxides in the overglaze.
This stone relief dates to 883-859 BCE and depicts a divine figure wearing a horned headdress.
This week in objects conservation we return to the 1920’s Paul Theodore Frankl mirror. The aluminum leaf on the base and frame is easily abraded and during its use, suffered from normal wear and tear.
This ceramic lion has been in the lab getting ready for an upcoming gallery rotation, meaning when a group of works from our permanent collection are ‘rotated’ onto view in a gallery.
The objects conservation lab is happy to welcome summer intern Nicole Schmidt, a graduate student from the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State in her third year of training.
Want to store your treasured fashion objects safely at home? If your objects are safe to hang, you can make your own padded hangers.
This week in objects conservation we are working on a 18thC Chinese lacquer table with shell inlay.
Did you know that one of the most important parts of conservation is keeping a detailed and thorough record of every treatment?
This set is made of porcelain with very thin, translucent walls and a gilt fruit and vine design.
This week in objects conservation we open up the 19th C Lacquered chest.
This week in objects conservation: this early 1920’s porcelain bowl is in the lab for cleaning and repair.
This 1740’s French Rococo gilt table is in the lab receiving treatment for an upcoming exhibition in 2021.
This week in Objects Conservation: An update on the treatment of our 19th C Korean lacquered chest.
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.
These two separate fragments from a stone incense burner have been in the collection since 1939.
These two 5-6th C stucco panels are in the lab for treatment.
This week in Objects Conservation: a 19th C Korean lacquered chest.
Sometimes dirt is part of an object's unique story.
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.