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Conservation

Definition
Works of art sometimes deteriorate due to all kinds of factors (ageing, too low or too high humidity level, light, attacks by insects, poor handling and so on).
LWhile conservation can never restore them to their “original” condition, it can extend their exhibition life and enable them to be admired and understood again.
There are several rules involved in conservation :
- reversibility of the products and materials used
- stability of the products used over time
- visibility of the techniques used.

At the end of each intervention, the conservator submits a conservation report to the museum indicating all of the products used and treatments carried out so that the museum can keep a record of the operation. Documentation of interventions is another rule of conservation.

See some records of conserved works : 

  • Painting conservation :
    Francis Tattegrain : « The People of Cassel in the swamp of Saint-Omer surrendering to Duke Philip the Good on 4 January 1430 »
  • Sculpture conservation : 
    The Entombment
  • Graphic art conservation :
    Album of prints after David Teniers
  • Composite material conservation 
    Crossbow stock

List of conservators and work undertaken since 2007 :

  • Anoxia
    - Aubert Gérard, Regional Art Works Conservation Centre: anoxia of the whole of the museum’s collection made using organic materials
    - Alain Renard: anoxia of a triptych and tapestry loaned to the museum.
  • Graphic arts
    - Axelle Deleau: conservation of an album of prints after David Teniers and a series of 51 graphic art works (prints, assignats [paper money used during the French Revolution], postcards, lithographs, etc.)
    - Caroline Legois and Sarah Callot: conservation of a print and two lithographs, eight lengths of wallpaper, an album of prints by Nicolas De Bruyn and a book.
    - Isabelle Lambert: conservation of the giants Reuze Papa and Reuze Maman, for the papier mâché parts.
  • Ceramic/glass
    - Juliette Vignier-Dupin: conservation of 5 plates, 14 wall tiles, 6 pitchers and 1 water barometer.
  • Preventive conservation
    - Cartel Collection, Frédérique Vincent: conducted a study in the preventive conservation of the composite materials collection.
  • Leather
    - Céline Bonnot-Diconne: conservation of the leather parts of a British motorcycle dating back to 1915.
  • Dendrochronology
    - Dendrotech, Yannick le Digol: conducted a dendroarchaeological study of the Hôtel de la Noble-Cour building where the museum is housed.
  • Composite materials
    - Alexandra Bouckellyoen: conservation of a series of 17 works in composite materials and a portable reliquary chapel.
    - Christian Binet: conservation of the giants Reuze Papa and Reuze Maman.
  • Metal
    - Agnès Conin: conservation of a series of 41 works made out of metal
    - Olivier Morel: conservation of 23 works dating back to World War I
    - Alessandro Ingoglia: conservation of the metal parts of a British motorcycle dating back to 1915.
  • Furniture
    - Philippe Hazaël-Massieux: transportation of a British motorcycle dating back to 1915.
    - Julia Becker: conservation of 4 pieces of furniture.
  • Painting
    - Vélia Dahan: conservation of 12 paintings.
    - Anne Perrin: conservation of 12 paintings and the pictorial layer of a portable reliquary chapel.
    - Anne Maincent: conservation of 12 paintings.
    - Christian Vibert: conservation of the work by Francis Tattegrain, The People of Cassel in the swamp of Saint-Omer surrendering to Duke Philip the Good on 4 January 1430 and the work by Erasmus de Bie, Procession of floats on Place du Meir in Antwerp.
    - François and Francine Péquignot: conservation of 9 paintings.
    - Juliette Mertens: conservation of the wooden support of 2 paintings.
    - Florence Douxami: conservation of the pictorial layer of 2 paintings.
    - Isabelle Devergne: conservation of the painted layers and rubber canvases of a British motorcycle dating back to 1915.
  • Photography
    - Bertrand Sainte-Marthe: conservation of a series of photographs.
  • Sculpture
    - Virginie Deschamps: conservation of two plaster sculptures
    - Sara Benkhalifa: conservation of two plaster sculptures
    - Amélie Méthivier : conservation of a sculpted group: The Entombment and a polychrome wood relief
    - Sabine Kessler : conservation of two terracotta sculptures
    - Julie André : conservation of a terracotta sculpture
    - Isabel Bedos Balsach : conservation of a high-relief and wooden sculpture
  • Textiles
    - Isabelle Rousseau : conservation of two uniforms from World War I, a banner and costumes of the giants Reuze Papa and Reuze Maman
    - Carmen Lucini : mannequin creation for all the textiles intended to be showcased in the museum’s permanent exhibition areas
    - Patricia Dal Pra : conservation of four Carnival costumes.

 

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