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Friday April 29 2016

Treatment FOCUS: Four Large Knoll Posters

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In 1972, the Louvre installed a show commemorating the 25th anniversary the Knoll design firm. Over 40 years later, Knoll, Inc. brought four of the large posters that advertised the exhibition to CCAHA for treatment.

Tuesday March 1 2016

Treatment FOCUS: Amos Ashanti Johnson Pastels

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When two large pastels from the University of Delaware Museums came to CCAHA, conservators had to balance improving their aesthetic appearance and overall stability while minimizing risk.

Tuesday December 29 2015

Treatment FOCUS: A Signed Freud Photograph

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    • November-December 2015 FOCUS Freud Photograph 1
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We recently treated a signed copy of the most famous portrait of Sigmund Freud. 

Thursday August 27 2015

Treatment FOCUS: Feliks Topolski's Wartime Sketches

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Feliks Topolski is remembered as a talented draughtsman, muralist, and chronicler. From 1940-1945, he served as Official War Artist for Great Britain. Some sketches from that time recently came to CCAHA for treatment.

Tuesday June 30 2015

Treatment FOCUS: Mounting Ilya Kabakov's The Short Man

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Ilya Kabakov's The Short Man is a set of eight folding screens of varying sizes that presented a unique challenge to the Conservation Assistant assigned to build them an exhibition mount. 

Thursday April 30 2015

Treatment FOCUS: Dali's Playing Cards

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We recently had a very fun project come through the Center: several lithographs of playing cards designed by Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. 

Tuesday February 17 2015

Treatment FOCUS: Sharing a rare edition of Emma

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    • Tamara's Hand and Emma for January-February 2015 FOCUS
    • Widescreen Tamara with Emma and Camera for January-February FOCUS 2015

CCAHA is working to digitize a rare, early edition of Jane Austen's Emma to ensure that it can be shared with anyone with an internet connection.

Monday November 17 2014

Treatment FOCUS: Creating a new way to display leaves

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William Heinrich Prestele was appointed the first ever staff artist of the Pomological Division of the Department of Agriculture in 1887. The grape leaves he drew posed a unique challenge when they came to the Center for treatment.

Friday August 8 2014

Stabilizing mug shots from Eastern State Penitentiary

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    • Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
    • Close-up of Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
    • Pop-up exhibit at Eastern State
    • Eastern State Penitentiary exterior

The second artifact on Eastern State Penitentiary's endangered artifacts list—a book containing about one thousand inmate mug shots from 1904 to 1906—recently came to CCAHA for treatment.

Tuesday April 29 2014

Treatment FOCUS: The artists' books of Henri Matisse

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    • Applying fixative to Pasiphae, Chant de Minos (Bank of America Collection, 13.422)
    • Pasiphae, Chant de Minos (Bank of America Collection, 13.422.8)
    • Watercolor fixative testing for Pasiphae, Chant de Minos
    • Washing Pasiphae, Chant de Minos (Bank of America Collection, 13.422)

It wasn’t until he was in his 60s that Henri Matisse—known for his bright paintings—began creating illustrations for artists’ books. An edition of his Pasiphaé, Chant de Minos recently came to CCAHA from the Bank of America Collection.