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.
“Blossoms” has just received its new frame, so look for it to pop up on the wall of our American galleries in the near future.
It’s time for a bath in textile conservation.
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.
The large Neapolitan still-life is back — with a new look.
This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Catch this newly stabilized object back on display in the Islamic galleries later this year!
Our paintings conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.
Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab
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.
This upright trio recently encountered one another in the Paintings/Objects Conservation lab.
The silk binding edge of this art quilt has been badly damaged by prolonged exposure to light which occurred before it came into the museum’s collection.
These two ceramic pieces have the same condition issues we see in many ceramic objects conserved in the early to mid 20th C.
Our painting conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.
This dress is up for consideration to get into a different kind of exclusive party: the museum’s Fashion and Textiles Collection.
This week we have a 16th C mug decorated with ships, seas, and animals.
These blossoms are being conserved just in time for spring.
Precision dyeing and color-matching is an important part of textile conservation and this week, we have a dyed-to-match success to report for this silk Argentine flag from the Elizabeth Hawes Flag Dress.
This week we have an 18thC Islamic ceramic vessel with beautiful underglaze decoration.
Our paintings conservator is examining this very large still-life in preparation for cleaning it.
Conservation of the 24 “Dollyver” family member is finally complete!
Our paintings conservator has started to clean the varnish from this painting by Edmund Tarbell.
22 pairs of women’s shoes from the 1950s are being prepared for an appearance in the galleries.
This life size painting by 19th century American artist, Thomas Satterwhite Noble, is a recent acquisition.
Last week our paper conservator visited the Contemporary Arts Center downtown to deinstall the museum’s Panorama of the Procession.
It was laundry day in textile conservation again! This length of Korean silk is part of a sculpture by Nam June Paik (1936-2006).
This bowl, from Iraq, is a beautiful example of lusterware. Luster is an iridescent effect produced by metallic oxides in the overglaze.
We’re still unearthing treasures as we unpack and settle back into our renovated Paintings/Object lab.
Soon to move from the paper lab to the gallery is a box decorated with ink and gouache by Elizabeth Boott Duveneck.
This stone relief dates to 883-859 BCE and depicts a divine figure wearing a horned headdress.