3 December 2008
Reason for treatment
: Light clean to remove dirt to uncover detail.
O: Clean and consolidate if necessary (wood + gesso).
The surface is generally dirty and also has a concretion of wax and dirt in the engraved detail and more so around the applied heads. Also traces of polishing/ cleaning compounds are present. In the gilding very small blisters and delamination can be observed.
The metal surface was cleaned with white spirit on cotton wool swabs. The wax and dirt concretion around the applied heads was removed with a scalpel while working under magnification.