CCAHA

    • Corine inpainting Prunier 4
  • 264 South 23rd Street  
  • Philadelphia, PA 19103
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P 215.545.0613
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F 215.735.9313

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Bather

    • 19th-Century Pastel Bather,  Before Treatment
    • 19th-Century Pastel Bather, Before Treatment

The severely water-damaged pastel Bather arrived in very poor condition. The surface of the design was adhered to the framing glass in some areas, there were localized patches of mold, and the image of the bather had disfiguring dark brown water stains.

    • 19th-Century Pastel Bather, After Treatment
    • 19th-Century Pastel Bather, After Treatment

The paper was locally humidified and gently released from the glass. Using an adjustable-speed vacuum with a small pipette attachment, CCAHA conservators removed mold, sooty grime, and other residues from the surface of the pastel. Due to the fragile surface of the unfixed pastel media, many of the more typical stain reduction techniques of washing and mild bleaching could not be performed. Instead, the dark brown stains were reduced using a controlled, indirect spray of ethanol and water on the suction table. Residual stains were integrated with grated pastel.