Using the Tools of the Future to Support the Past

Museum conservators recently used 3D printing to build a custom cradle to hold the intricate interior of an 18th-century French clock as it underwent conservation.

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Researching the Renovation of a Period Room

Beginning in 2012, curators and conservators worked together to restore a 18th-century French period room known as the Salon Doré. Comprised of hundreds of components, including intricate gilded pilasters and panels, plaster overdoors, silk upholstered chairs and draperies, and a wooden parquet floor, the Salon Doré conservation project was one of the most extensive ever conducted by the Museums.

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Paris in Late Winter: Lighting the Salon Doré

Our sense of a room is often deeply influenced by how the space is lit. As the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor was being reinstalled, curator Martin Chapman worked with lighting company Auerbach Glasow French to help reproduce the experience of visiting a candlelit French Neoclassical interior. We asked Martin a few questions about their work together.

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Decades of Style

Clothes tell the story of an age. A dress can reveal the defining spirit of a particular period, or capture the preoccupations of a historical moment. These examples from the 2015 exhibition, High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, help trace the evolution of fashion over the twentieth century. 

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Definitely Not Boring Brown

What’s the first thing you notice when you look at the table above? The unexpected and eye-catching red, green and white of the decoration is quite striking in what seems like an otherwise conventional piece of 18th-century furniture. This writing table was crafted between 1745-1749 in France by a master cabinetmaker, or ébéniste, known to the world by his initials, BVRB (for Bernard II van Risen Burgh).

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Transits: Moving Strontium

Debra Evans, head conservator, and Victoria Binder, associate conservator, discuss the challenges of moving this massive artwork, the pressure of working against the clock, and why you shouldn’t bother asking a conservator for cleaning advice.

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