Best Conservation Case Studies 2017

Now that we are in the second half of 2017, we thought we would showcase some of our favourite conservation case studies of 2017 so far. In the top 5 we have a few challenges, puzzles and some incredibly delicate pieces being restored for the first time in decades. If you have a conservation project that you would like to share with us, tag us on Twitter with a link!

1. Behind the scenes in Conservation: Pottery Puzzle

Where: The Cincinnati Art Museum

Why: This is a short but interesting behind the scenes look at repairing a 9th century plate. This case study is particularly interesting as the plate has been in the lab on a few occasions and has been found to have a staggering number of fragments. Where did they begin?

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2. Conservation of the wall paintings by Vlaho Bukovac at Bukovac House

Where: Bukovac House, Cavtat

Why: This fascinating article details how the evaporation of salt accumulated in the structure of the walls has destroyed the painted wall surfaces and the processes the conservation team went through to restore this work of art, painted in 1871.

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3. Thinking outside the box at West Dean

Where: West Dean College

Why: We love seeing studies from student conservators at West Dean. Here we have a detailed account of the challenges, problem solving and careful restoration of a nineteenth-century travelling box for a french carriage clock.

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