Conservation Concerns: A Guide for Collectors and Curators / Edition 1

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“The volume is remarkable for its clarity of presentation. . . . Information is detailed and comprehensive yet straightforward, practical, and useful. . . . Curators, collections managers, and directors will find this an invaluable resource for assessing, monitoring, and upgrading existing problems and conditions, and for planning and prioritizing their long-range storage needs.”—Curator

“A good starting point for the proper care and preservation of valuable antiques and artifacts.”—The Antiquer's Guide

“This concise book can be recommended as a useful guide for storage planning and as a general introduction to conservation options for curators of fine arts and decorative arts collections.”—Studies in Conservation
Booknews
In 22 nontechnical essays, conservators specializing in a variety of materials and media--paper, photographs, paintings, textiles, stone, ceramics, furniture, ethnographic objects, and sound recordings--discuss collection care and conservation, focusing on proper storage techniques and environmental control. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560981749
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 757,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Principles of Storage 5
Emergency Planning 11
Control of Temperature and Humidity in Small Collections 15
Construction Materials for Storage and Exhibition 23
Storage of Works on Paper 29
Warning Signs: When Works on Paper Require Conservation 35
Storage and Care of Photographs 39
Warning Signs: When Photographs Need Conservation 47
The Preservation and Storage of Sound Recordings 53
Painting Storage: A Basic Guideline 57
When Is It Time to Call a Paintings Conservator? 63
Storage of Historic Fabrics and Costumes 69
Textile Conservation 79
Warning Signs: When Textiles Need Conservation 85
Storage Containers for Textile Collections 91
Storage of Stone, Ceramic, Glass, and Metal 97
The Care and Conservation of Metal Artifacts 101
Furniture Conservation 105
Upholstery Conservation 111
Preserving Ethnographic Objects 115
Care of Folk Art: The Decorative Surface 123
Composite Objects: Materials and Storage Conditions 129
Appendix 135
Reading List 141
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