Conservation & Exhibitions by VASTA (Auth.)

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An object may appear to be in sound condition by cursory examination but will, because of inherent weakness, risk serious damage on loan. g. 1 A. Painting placed horizontally on examination table which is covered with a soft padded material. B, C. Examination of reverse of painting. The frame is protected by padded cushions made of soft rubber, or quilted paper. D. Examination of the condition of a Tut-ankh-amon Head prior to shipment from the National Museum, Cairo. E. Dimensional measurements of sculptures or other awkward objects can be made with calipers.

An essential feature of the preliminary condition report form is its conciseness. The ticking off of squares, or encircling of words, makes the inspection go quickly. The meaning of the various terms must however be clearly understood to avoid confusion. A second type of report form is that used for recording the condition either when an object leaves an institution for an exhibition, or on arrival at the museum where the exhibition takes place. 14. The first of these is a simpler form which was successfully used for receipt of objects at the Man and His World Exhibition- EXPO 67 in Montreal ; the second is a more detailed f o r m prepared for a comparable international exhibition, at Osaka 1970.

There are variations of the forms which are useful for simpler exhibitions. 10 can be adapted for simple loan exhibitions, or even for routine checking in the museum's own collections. The information included should meet the minimum requirements of the conservator and still be useful to the registrar for insurance claims, apart from obvious records purposes. 15. There are separate spaces to record changes in condition as the object moves from one museum to another. A form of this 92 93 38 Examination procedures and reporting TOP RIGHT CORNER TEAR PATCH A.

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