Conservation Articles

Catherine Coueignoux is an associate object conservator with an expertise in furniture conservation. In this post from the object conservation lab, she discusses a decorative technique known as marquetry used in the...
Grizzly Giant with Troop F in Mariposa Big Tree Grove, California after treatment
Howard Clinton Tibbitts, Grizzly Giant with Troop F in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, 1899. Gelatin silver print, 39 3/8 x 29 7/16 in. Gift of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company...
Local humidification to reduce planar deformations.José Luis Lazarte, Graduate Intern in Painting ConservationWhen Alan Sonfist’s (b. 1946) California Earthquake came to the Paintings Conservation...
Catherine Coueignoux is an associate object conservator with an expertise in furniture conservation. In this post from the object conservation lab, she discusses a how X-rays can reveal otherwise unseen details about how a...
The hat had been sitting there in the dark for years, unremarked upon. Its swirl of freshwater pearls, the imperial double eagle on the front, the decoration of thick gold braid on red velvet; none of it was included in the...
Catherine Coueignoux is an associate object conservator with an expertise in furniture conservation. In this post from the object conservation lab, she discusses a decorative technique known as marquetry used in the...
Working in the paper lab
Works on paper often have a long history and hide many clues that tell their story. Take a closer look and the artwork might reveal some of its secrets.In the first in a series focusing on the hidden world of works on paper...
The monumental tapestry (and the only one of its kind) The Triumph of Justice
For the first time ever, three prized tapestries from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection will be exhibited together in the Legion of Honor’s Gallery 1. The entire series, known as The Triumph...
A conservator installing the web-like construction by Mattew Picton
In 2004 artist Matthew Picton laid a sheet of plastic over the cracks in the asphalt of a playground. He traced the cracks and painted them with black enamel paint. Then he carefully cut and burned away the plastic...

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