Before and After Conservation Treatment
Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Harder than the tarnish, but softer than the silver, precipitated calcium carbonate could be used in a polish (assisted by Conservator Jacek Wiklo).
With help from Conservator Ella Gorska-Wiklo, the old varnish was cleaned most efficiently using methylcellulose-based, with particular success on the polished areas of silver. At the same time, the use of aluminum to hold the gel appeared to cause beneficial, electrolytic reduction of the silver, to a certain extent.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
"This Icon was made by special permission of H.M. Nicholas Czar of all the Russias at the Imperial Factory of Moscow for John, 3rd Marquess of Bute who gave it as a silver wedding present to his wife Gwendolen on the 25th Anniversary of their Marriage, April 18th 1897"
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Another job done in 1997: determining the original paint scheme of the sculpture of St. John, part of this scene on Calvary, stabilizing that paint, and stabilizing and cleaning the pedestal upon which he stands (the latter done from a scaffold).
Just visited this 1847 indoor shopping mall. In 1997 all was overpainted white and I was one of the interns at the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage in Belgium who helped determine the original faux marble paint scheme, recreated here.