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Archive for June, 2010

Damaged art – insurance claim?

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Damage due to handling, storage, heat and humidity

Damage due to handling, storage, heat and humidity

I’ve written before about what it does to a painting to roll it up. But, just to reinforce the issue, here’s another example. But, for the first time, let me make some interesting points:

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Damaged Art And A Detective Story- A Japanese American

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This just came in the lab this morning. A very nice portrait of a Japanese American from 1944 in oil. Why it would be trimmed of its edges in such an ugly manner can only be explained by the painting being pulled from its frame, cut unceremoniously off its stretcher bars then rolled up and a hurried departure. Was the owner fleeing a natural disaster? Or maybe it was the social difficulties for Japanese Americans in 1944 when the USA confined American Citizens to concentration camps. In that desperate time, people fled with few possessions, stashed stuff in storage for, hopefully, later retrieval. We have done a lot of work for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles over the years and they tell a heroic compelling story. (http://www.janm.org).

Damaged by being rolled up.

Damaged by being rolled up.

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Old Crusty Label Reveals Valuable Info On Antique Painting

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

We had a painting come into the lab from a CA client that use to be part of an old family estate in NY. The painting was very high quality, but very dirty and it had 16 holes in it. On the back was an old crusty brown label with no writing on it…. or so it seemed!

No writing on it... or was there?

No writing on it... or was there?

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Part 2 Questions about Archival Storage and Acid Free Paper

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Scott, Cardboard pattern acid stains

Another question… for items I want to keep in a transparent enclosure (so they don’t have to be handled directly to view), there seem to be so many choices. I’m thinking the polyester or polyethylene envelopes might be the best because they’re closed on 3 sides (less chance of something falling out) and seem sturdier than the poly bags. But they’re also way more expensive than the polyethylene bags. Please help!

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