This week in objects conservation, we are working on several pieces of micromosaic jewelry made in Italy during the late-19th century.
This iridescent green shade came to the lab in a box of fragments. Piece by piece, I built the individual fragments back into a shade.
These tiny ceramic fragments are part of a Japanese doll’s tea set. I am working on putting these pieces back together so that they can be displayed with their doll in the future.
Several small copper alloy objects, pieces of jewelry and articles of adornment, are all showing signs of bronze disease.
In the Conservation Lab, we are working on this large ceramic jar from Dynasty I Egypt (3100–2900 BCE).
If you’ve been following our Conservation blog posts, you may have seen several updates as we carried out treatment over the past two years.
The treatment on our Jain Shrine is (finally!) nearing completion!
This fifteenth-century Chinese ceramic bowl presents some intriguing features that tell a fascinating story of its past. Shells and barnacles cover the bowl’s surface. These unusual attachments are commonly seen on objects that have spent time in ocean environments, in this example, possibly the result of a shipwreck.
After removing all the old adhesive and over paint, we revealed several areas of loss to the painted scene on the glazed surface. This loss was likely caused by the same incident that damaged the foot causing the piece to break into multiple fragments.
Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!
While cleaning and conserving our Jain shrine, we discovered several layers of paint from different periods of its history. The carved wooden designs would have been repainted several times during its use as a devotional object.
Getting beautiful objects on display is a multi-stage process that often includes a stop (or several!) in Conservation. This week we installed some new objects in the Forecourt Gallery of the museum, including this child’s dress.
We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.
Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.
This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.
These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.
Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.
This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!
This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!
This week in objects conservation: We take another look at the progress being made on our 17th C Jain Shrine.
This week in objects conservation: another large architectural object has entered the conservation lab!
This week in the objects conservation lab: A beautiful wooden cabinet inlaid with ivory and brass.
This week in objects conservation, we’re doing the finishing touches to the 100+ objects being installed in our newly renovated Ancient Middle East Gallery, opening Saturday, December 18.
Catch this object on view later this year when our Nabatean collections return to the galleries.
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.