Conservation of Furniture

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Routledge, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 803 pages
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This book is a comprehensive resource covering the principles and practice of the conservation and restoration of furniture, and other decorative art objects made wholly or partly of wood. It integrates theory with practice to show the principles which govern interaction between wooden objects, the environmental and conservation treatments and the factors which need to be taken into account to arrive at acceptable solutions to conservation problems.

The practical knowledge and experience of a team of conservators active in the field are bought together with theoretical and reference material from diverse sources and unified within a systematic framework. Specialist conservators from related disciplines cover diverse materials often incorporated into furniture.

* Unique text provides information and guidance on the full range of a professional furniture conservator's work
* Benefit from the knowledge of an international team of experts
* Comprehensive coverage of methodology is applicable to a wide variety of circumstances
 

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Contents

Part 2 Materials
47
Part 3 Deterioration
239
Part 4 Conservation
365

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About the author (2003)

Shayne Rivers trained in traditional cabinetmaking and finishing, followed by a further four years training in furniture restoration. In 1998, she graduated from the Victoria &Albert Museum/Royal College of Art joint Conservation Programme with an M.A. in Furniture Conservation, having specialised in the conservation of painted, japanned and lacquered surfaces. Soon after graduating she was appointed to her present position as a Senior Furniture Conservator at the V&A.

After 11 years working in biological sciences and part time furniture making Nick Umney re-trained as a furniture conservator at the ripe old age of 29. He then spent some ten years working as a senior furniture conservator at the V&A, before moving into a management role as Assistant Head of Department. He was seconded to be the Museum Project Manager for the British Galleries Project at the V&A from 1997- 2001 before taking on the role of Director of the Collections Services Division which he now occupies.

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