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Author Appelbaum, Barbara.

Title Conservation Treatment Methodology.

Published : Taylor and Francis, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 1 online resource (468 pages)
Contents Cover -- Conservation Treatment Methodology -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Section I: Characterizing the Object -- Introduction to section I -- Chapter 1 The characterization grid -- Material vs. non-material aspects of the object -- Object-specific vs. non-object-specific information -- Defining information relevant to the treatment decision-making process -- Chapter 2 Quadrant I-The physical examination -- First impressions -- "Just looking": the observant state of mind -- The shift into making specific observations -- Drawing conclusions -- Words matter -- An observed examination -- Chapter 3 Quadrant II-The role of science in object characterization -- Science and the interpretation of physical findings -- The material aging graph -- Overview of the material aging graph -- The vertical axis-material integrity -- The horizontal axis-the phases of aging and their implications for intervention -- Feller-graphing an object -- Chapter 4 Quadrant III-Non-material aspects of the object -- Information to be gathered -- History of the object -- The object's current value(s) -- The object's intended future -- Sources for non-material information -- The custodian interview -- Characterizing the custodian -- Third-party stakeholders -- Delivering information to the custodian -- Dealing with the information received -- Values and their relevance to treatment -- Art value -- Aesthetic value -- Historical value -- Use value -- Research value -- Educational value -- Age value -- Newness value -- Sentimental value -- Monetary value -- Associative value -- Commemorative value -- Rarity -- The relationship between value and the physical state of an object -- Chapter 5 Quadrant IV-Lifetime of the cultural object -- Stages in an object's life-an introduction -- Stages in an object's life-a detailed look.
Creation and its myths -- Original use and discard -- Collecting: the role of the collector in society -- Critical thinking in the characterization of objects -- Values and the categorization of objects -- Decorative arts, applied arts, and design -- Primitive art/ethnography -- Folk art -- Sacred objects -- Heritage -- Heirlooms and souvenirs -- Systematics collections and specimens -- Section II: Establishing the Goal of Treatment -- Introduction to section II -- Chapter 6 The concept of the ideal state -- Benefits of the concept of ideal state -- A moment in time -- The role of aesthetics and artist's intent -- The custodian's role -- Typical choices for the ideal state -- When the ideal state is the original state -- When the ideal state is the as-used state -- When the ideal state is the current one -- The ideal state as a process -- Choosing the ideal state to fit the needs of the custodian -- Revisiting condition -- Chapter 7 Values analysis, the timeline, and the ideal state -- The timeline -- Creating a timeline -- The values history -- Discussion of values history for the Revere teapot -- Choice of ideal state using the timeline and current values list -- Benefits of using the timeline and values history -- Additional case studies: the use of a timeline and values history to choose the ideal state -- Egyptian sarcophagus with mummy: age, educational and sentimental value -- Values analysis -- Ideal state -- A fictional Van Gogh: art and associative value -- Current values list -- Values analysis -- Archaeological ancient glass: aesthetic and age value -- Current values list -- Values analysis -- Thanksgiving linens: personal (use and sentimental) values only -- Values analysis and ideal state -- Cultural vs. personal values -- Chapter 8 Determining the realistic goal of treatment -- Steps in determining the realistic goal.
The time machine conundrum -- How close is "close enough"? -- Dealing with custodians and their expectations -- Limitations on treatment -- Extrinsic factors -- Irreversible changes in original material -- Concerns about the artist's hand -- Other factors in determining the realistic goal of treatment -- Truth vs. authenticity -- Original material -- Importance of the object -- Age value and the goal of treatment -- When the attainable state is not "close enough'' -- Psychological factors -- What other people might think -- Fear of the "slippery slope'' -- The conservator's psyche -- Chapter 9 Preservation and the goal of treatment -- Determining factors in preservation -- Prospects for future care -- Cultural vs. personal values -- Attitudes toward preservation by the culture of origin or custodian -- Deterioration phase as a determinant of preservation-related treatment -- Levels of protection -- Assessing the object's "loads" -- Conflict between appearance/use and preservation -- Chapter 10 Traditional conservation concepts and the methodology -- The single standard -- Treatment quality -- Defining damage -- Suitability and appropriateness -- Minimal intervention -- Section III: Choosing a Treatment -- Introduction to section III -- The role of science in conservation -- Chapter 11 Choice of treatment materials -- Long-term chemical stability -- Standards of intended use and photochemical stability for materials in conservation -- Judging the suitability of Class B materials -- Evaluating potential damage from non-Class-A materials -- The need for information -- Making choices -- Same material or different? -- Matching the properties of the object's materials -- Handling properties of treatment materials -- Manipulating the properties of treatment materials -- An example of material choice-fillers -- A single material with multiple uses: Wax.
Sources for treatment materials -- Industrial materials -- Artists' and craft materials -- Chapter 12 Choice of treatment methods -- Treatment criteria -- Reversibility -- Efficacy -- Elegance -- Mental models as planning tool -- Assessing damage -- It's a balance -- Types of changes -- Evaluating published information on potential damage -- The conservator's psyche -- Section IV: Documentation and Treatment -- Introduction to section IV -- Chapter 13 The purposes of treatment documentation -- The conservator carrying out the treatment -- The custodian -- Material culture specialists studying the object -- Future conservators examining the object or contemplating its re-treatment -- Conservators studying the treatment -- Conservation students and teachers -- The object and the society that benefits by its continued existence and good health -- The conservation profession as a whole -- Chapter 14 Creating treatment documentation -- Treatment documentation for individual objects -- Title -- Object identification -- Reason for treatment -- Current state -- Treatment goal(s) and rationale -- Proposed treatment/treatment -- Technical details -- Recommendations for care -- Estimated treatment time -- Practical arrangements -- What should not be in treatment reports -- Retention -- Retrievability -- Laboratory master reports -- Chapter 15 Treating the object -- Selected readings -- Index.
Summary Conservation Treatment Methodology presents a systematic approach to decision-making for conservation treatments. The methodology is applicable to all cultural property, independent of object type or material, and its use will enable conservators to be more confident in their treatment decisions. Conservation Treatment Methodology is illustrated with numerous examples that emphasize the equal importance of the physical and cultural aspects of objects for decision-making. The book also explains how the history of an object and the meaning that it holds for its owner or custodian contribute to determining its treatment. Conservation Treatment Methodology is an essential text for conservators, historic preservation specialists, and restorers, as well as students. Since it is not a technical manual about how to carry out treatments, the book will also be of value to art historians and museum personnel who work with conservators."This book is unique in its overarching, multidisciplinary approach. The writing is not only clear, but entertaining and engaging."Dan Kushel, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Art Conservation Department, Buffalo New York) State CollegeBarbara Appelbaum is one of the premier objects conservators in the United States and the author of Guide to Environmental Protection of Collections. Practicing in New York, Appelbaum was trained at New York University and began her career at The Brooklyn Museum. The author treats a wide range of object types. Projects of note have included George Washington's leather portfolio, a Marcel Duchamp urinal, and a Marilyn Monroe dress.
Notes Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources.
Local Note Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2018. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Subject Conservation -- Methods.
Museums -- Management.
Museum conservation methods.
Museum conservation methods -- Evaluation.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780080561042 (electronic bk.)

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