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Examples of fine art restoration:  

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After treatment

Portrait of Lady Johnson, attributed to Thomas Bluget de Valdenuit, 1796 (charcoal, graphite, white chalk, and pink gouache on paper).

Restoration treatment includes: Backing removal, removal of adhesive from verso, flattening of five separate pieces of object after removal of adhesive from edges, reattachment of five pieces from verso with strips of Japanese paper, retouching of recto with pastel pencils, infilling of loss on top right border, and humidification and flattening.    

©Centre de conservation du Quebec/Michele Elie and Guy Couture/2008 and 2015

Before treatment

After treatment

Detail of oil painting on paper, 1850

Restoration treatment includes: Surface cleaning, adhesive removal, infilling of corner losses, tear repairs, and inpainting. 

©Centre de conservation du Quebec/Michele Elie and Guy Couture/2010 and 2011 

Before treatment

      After treatment

Detail of watercolour with puncture wounds and tears. 

 

Restoration treatment includes: Adhesion of the punctures and tears with wheat starch paste, reinforcement from the verso with strips of Japanese paper, and inpainting with watercolour over an isolating layer of methyl cellulose.   

Before treatment

After treatment

Backing removal of print 

Restoration treatment includes: removal of cardboard backing, washing and flattening of print. 

            Examples of restoration of archival objects: 

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After treatment

Restoration treatment includes: reconstructing the right edge, and the top and bottom left corners of the envelope.

Before treatment

After treatment

Restoration treatment includes: the reattachment of the torm edge. 

Before treatment

After treatment

Map on starched linen, 1896  

Restoration treatment includes: Tear repairs, infilling of losses, tape and adhesive removal, consolidation of paint pigments, and reinforcement of top of verso with Japanese paper.  

 

 ©Centre de conservation du Quebec/Jacques Beardsell/2007 and 2012   

Before treatment

After treatment

Archival document with scotch tape 

Restoration treatment includes: Tape and adhesive removal, and lining on verso with very thin Japanese paper so that writing remains legible. 

© Centre de conservation du Quebec/Jacques Beardsell/2011 and 2013

Before treatment

After treatment 

Detail of right edge of varnished map, 1852

Restoration treatment includes: Varnish removal, backing removal, washing, deacidification, lining with Japanese paper, infilling of losses, inpainting, and removal and reattachment of ribbon sides of map.    

©Centre de conservation du Quebec/Michele Elie and Guy Couture/2010 and 2011

Before treatment

After treatment 

Venetian papier mache mask. 

 

Restoration treatment of the tip of the nose includes: the adhesion of loose fragments with wheat starch paste, consolidation of the paper layer, inpainting, and the addition of a glass to match the surface sheen.  

                   Example of preventive conservation:  

This calendar from 1915 was encapsulated between peices of Mylar to protect its fragile state. The corners of the Mylar were left open to allow for airflow, to prevent the formation of a detrimental micro--climate.   

Jane Dosman Paper Conservation        647-207-5769        jane@paperrestoration.org         © 2020 Jane Dosman Paper Conservation