Conservation

Treatment date
15 November 2013

Reason for treatment
Temporary Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Readhere lifting gold trim. Dry clean away fruiting mould bodies.


Condition
Currently loose and unmounted. Object curling/bowing slightly. Composite object - decorative red and gold borders with thick blue paper backing. Borders, although not conservation-grade, appear integral to the object and not to be harming the painting. The blue paper backing is mottled with mould damage, with some small fruiting bodies visible under magnification. There is a small hole in the backing and some adhesive staining, but neither are visible from the front. Gold trim lifting in places. Gouache pigments appear stable.


Treatment details
The verso was dry cleaned under magnification using a Mars plastic eraser, cotton wool, and a conservation vacuum. The gold trim where lifting was readhered using 5% methylcellulose.