Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thicker Tarnish Removed with Precipitated Calcium Carbonate

Harder than the tarnish, but softer than  the silver, precipitated calcium carbonate could be used in a polish (assisted by Conservator Jacek Wiklo).

Electrolytic Cleaning using a Power Source to Transform Black Tarnish Back to Silver

This was done locally, in several areas of black tarnish

Solvent Gel Cleaning of Old Varnish from the Silver

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.

Solvent Cleaning of Old Varnish on Silver

Not only was the old cellulose nitrate varnish an eyesore, it was also afire hazard !

Endoscopic Examination

Examing the space between the icon and the riza revealed no problems with the paint under the riza nor any problematic metal corrosion.

Dusting the icon

With assistance from conservation technician Soraya Ham

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mount Stuart : Russian Icon, a Silver Wedding Anniversary Gift of the 3rd Marquess of Bute

"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"

Mount Stuart : Reliquaries to be conserved

The Reliquary of St. Andrew, and the Reliquary of Saint Margaret, from the chapel at Mount Stuart

Summer, 2016 : Mount Stuart (Isle of Bute)

Ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute, the Gothic Revival home was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the late 1870s,