Owner: Historical Archive of Lleida (Catalonia), National Archive of Catalonia, Government of Catalonia. Object: Limp vellum binding mansucript. Rolled sewing on parchment. The covers are a re-used manuscript (disjecta membra). “Manual notarial d’Andreu Soler” (notes by notary Andreu Soler). Date: … Continue reading
What does a paper conservator do? Whom does she work for? What skills and knowledge does she ought to have?
Preservation and conservation, a field linked to science, history and arts and crafts. A video explains what differenciates us from forgers and shows -among other- how we produce a hand-made suction table to restore paper artifacts, with loads of creativity, a feature most necessary to become book and paper conservator. Continue reading
Not uncommon to find waste material as part of a binding (parchment manuscripts, for instance), but quite much rare when the previous and original binding is part of the boards layers of the current recycled binding!
The outer and visible binding belonged first to a former book, and the hidden binding, to the current, one… crazy! Continue reading
Owner: Regional Archive of La Segarra (Cervera, Spain), Government of Catalonia. Object: Medieval manuscript on laid paper with limp vellum binding in reverse parchment, with flap and alum tawed leather tackets sealing the turnings. Sewing on two leather tackets. Date: … Continue reading
Conservation of a ithographic print from 1922, a poster of the 2nd edition of the car race “Armangué Trophy”, organized by the Royal Motorcycle Club of Catalonia. Continue reading
Owner: Sant Cugat Council (Barcelona, Spain). Object: Preliminary drawing for a carpet, an oversized gouache on paper. Measures: 190 x 55 cm. Date: 20th century. Damages: Cockling, big tears, tapes on the back side, glue remnants on the recto, powdery … Continue reading
Owner: Sant Cugat Council (Barcelona, Spain). Object: Preliminary drawing for a tapestry, gouache, charcoal and pastel on impregnated tracing paper. Date: 20th century. Damages: Cockling, big tears, dirt. Conservation treatment: Dry cleaning, consolidation, backing with japanese tissue (washi). Flattening. Conservators: … Continue reading
Owner: Association of Architects of Catalonia (CoAC). Commissioned by: ICO Foundation (Madrid, Spain). Object: Tracing paper and onion-skin plans. Proejct of the Montecarlo Palace and desing for Wütrich house in Papagayo (Canary Islands). Author: Fernando Higueras, Spanish architect. Damages: Fragmented … Continue reading
Owner: Association of Architects of Catalonia (CoAC). Object: Bound manuscript with inlaid lock. Full leather renaissance binding with brass bosses and clasps, and an iron lock on both covers. It has blind tooling decoration (rectangles and flowers). Laid paper pages. … Continue reading
Owner: Private collection. Object: “Gran Pastoral”, gouache on paper, 83 x 112 cm. Author: Joan Ponç, 1948. Damages: The artwork was lined on a Kraft paper with tapes and synthetic adhesives. It had losses and tears, and remarkable oxidation damage. The … Continue reading