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Treatment Focus: Conserving a well-traveled poster

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    • Corine surface cleans Prunier
    • Preparing Prunier for a bath
    • Placing Prunier in the bath
    • Washing Prunier
    • Corine and Jess remove tape from Prunier
    • Corine removes tape from Prunier
    • Removing tape from Prunier
    • Close up of tape removal on Prunier
    • Preparing lining for Prunier
    • Pouring paste onto lining for Prunier
    • Smoothing paste on Prunier lining
    • Lifting Prunier onto lining
    • Prunier on lining table
    • Prunier on lining table 2
    • Flat Prunier on lining table
    • Corine inpainting Prunier 3
    • Prunier before and after treatment images

When this large-format poster arrived at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), the paper was brittle, weak, and yellowed.  It had been folded multiple times, creating tears and losses along the creases, and it showed significant water damage.

The poster’s poor condition is the result of a long life spanning two continents.  It originally served as an advertisement for Restaurant Prunier, a renowned seafood restaurant located in the chic 16th arrondissement of Paris.  Established in 1872, Prunier began as a modestly-sized oyster shop and restaurant and then expanded in the 1920s, which was when the poster was used.  The restaurant prides itself on serving tout ce qui vient de la mer, or “everything that comes from the sea,” and the poster promises that it is “served fast and well”—almost straight from the ocean.

The private collector who brought the well-traveled poster to CCAHA first saw it hanging in the Samson Street Oyster House in Philadelphia, PA.  Over the years, he admired it each time he went to the restaurant, but was disappointed to find that when the restaurant recently reopened as the newly renovated Oyster House, the poster was no longer there.  “I asked what happened, and they told me it had been significantly damaged at the time of refurbishing,” he explained.  The Oyster House sold him the poster’s remains at a reduced price.

To read more about the poster's treatment, view the PDF here.